Three fireworks-related bills passed out of the Committee on Public Safety last legislative session that I actively supported; they were carried over to the 2010 session and are still alive.
SB1060 SD1 HD2 is in conference, and both HB397 HD1 and HB398 HD1 are in the House Judiciary Committee. This session, I will continue to work with my fellow legislators to move these measures through to final passage.
A conference draft for SB1060 SD1 HD2 would establish a task force to study the most effective ways to stop the importation of illegal fireworks into the state. I support this approach to the problem of importing fireworks into the state. We must determine how illegal fireworks are entering the state, and then distributed, in order to develop an effective program to stop the contraband from impacting the residents of Hawai‘i.
HB397 HD1 assesses a surcharge tax on the sale of consumer fireworks, requires retailers to report on fireworks sold and requires the Department of Health to report on the effects of fireworks on young children.
HB398 HD1 allows counties to enact ordinances or adopt rules regulating fireworks that are more restrictive than state law regulating fireworks under chapter 132D, Hawai‘i Revised Statutes.
I urge all who support banning or placing severe restrictions on fireworks in Hawai‘i to join me in asking the chair of the House Judiciary Committee to hear HB397 HD1 and HB398 HD1, as well as requesting the conference committee to pass a substantive conference draft of SB1060 SD1 HD2.