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Proos supports fireworks; sales sail through House

Published 10:58pm Wednesday, May 12, 2010

LANSING – Legislation passed the Michigan House of Representatives Wednesday which would legalize and place regulations on many consumer fireworks such as aerial fireworks and firecrackers.

“Currently, fireworks which are legal in Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin are being brought into and used in Michigan,” said state Rep. John Proos, R-St. Joseph. “This has resulted in a loss of revenue and entrepreneurial opportunity for citizens of border regions like southwest Michigan.”

It is estimated that $5 million of direct revenue would be generated by this legislation.
This bill, which is supported by the Michigan Professional Firefighters Union, will allow a business to sell fireworks after an extensive licensing process.

Retailers will have to obtain a Consumer Fireworks Certificate (CFC) each year, have at least one management-level employee participate in firework handling training and have their facilities inspected by the Michigan State Fire Marshal.

“In these tough economic times, this bill is an example of a policy which can help close the $1.7 billion budget shortfall, foster small business and create jobs in our state.” Proos said.

The bill now heads to the State Senate for review.

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