Rep. Lepore-Hagan Supports Bill To Pave The Way For Legal Fireworks
HB 226 would allow for individual purchase starting in 2020

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today voted in favor of House Bill 226, a bill to legalize the sale and use of consumer fireworks in Ohio starting in 2020. The bill also establishes a legislative study committee tasked with making recommendations on storage, licensing and manufacturing facilities by the end of 2019, in time for the legalization to take effect.

“For generations, fireworks have been a hallmark of summertime in Ohio, a time where families and communities come together to celebrate,” said Rep. Lepore-Hagan. “In passing HB 226, we’re supporting a growing local industry and providing a framework for safety advocates as well as state and local law enforcement to come together to establish common-sense safety practices that protect Ohio consumers.”

Forty-four other states already allow for the purchase and use of fireworks including states adjacent to Ohio, except Pennsylvania.

HB 226 makes setting off a firework while intoxicated illegal and requires that private property owners grant permission for fireworks to be used on their property. Local governments also retain the ability under the legislation to enact their own firmer restrictions on the use of consumer fireworks.

In addition to legalizing fireworks, HB 226 creates a Fireworks Fee Receipt Fund financed through a four-percent fee on the retail sale of consumer grade fireworks. The fund will support firefighter training programs and regulation of firework use and the industry in general.

The bill passed the House 77-12 and now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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