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Fireworks Bill Fizzles Out

On February 2, the House General Laws Subcommittee #1 heard testimony on HB 1813 (March), which among other provisions, would strip local government authority to regulate the sale of or use, ignition, or explosion of fireworks within a locality. This bill or ones with similar intent have been periodically introduced in past General Assembly sessions, and VACo has historically opposed the provisions that remove local authority. VACo testified with a broad group of interested parties including firefighting associations in opposition to the bill. The Subcommittee recommended laying the bill on the table by a vote of 6-1.

VACo Contact: Jeremy R. Bennett

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