Fearing that a fireworks legalization bill he had vetoed had become law, Gov. Mike DeWine said he was working on a compromise with the state legislature. DeWine, a Republican, said on Monday he had signed the fireworks bill, amended Bill 172 on the surrogate house.
The new invoice “is better than Senate Bill 113, which was the original fireworks bill that I vetoed”, DeWine said. “Because it was clear to me that the legislature would have overturned my veto, making Senate Bill 113 law, I worked with the General Assembly to come to a compromise that included the changes I wanted to see. in the legislation. “
One of DeWine’s concerns was that the veto bill would have allowed fireworks locations to double in size from a maximum of 5,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet and he created “25 separate holidays in the state of Ohio where fireworks could be set off 24 hours a day.”
The compromise reached would allow fireworks locations to increase to 7,500 square feet and reduce the number of days fireworks can be legally used. It also requires improved sprinkler systems in fireworks locations larger than 5,000 square feet.
The bill would make it legal for residents of Ohio to dump consumer grade fireworks on New Years Eve and New Years; Chinese New Year; Cinco de Mayo; Memorial Day weekend; the tenth of June; July 3, 4 and 5 and the first Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays before and after July 4; Labor Day weekend; and Diwali, an Indian festival of lights.
The new bill was approved on Oct. 27 when the Ohio Senate voted 26-5 in favor of the revised law. The House quickly followed with support, 72-23. Although Republicans had qualified majorities in both legislative bodies, the bill enjoyed bipartisan support.
DeWine’s office made it clear that day that due to changes to a bill, it vetoed on July 9 the governor enacting it. This bill was supported by House 66-27 on June 24 and 26-7 by the Senate on June 2.
“The bill I signed restricts the broadcast of fireworks to the more traditional holidays that Ohioans celebrate while recognizing our many culturally diverse holidays,” DeWine said Monday. “The compromise bill also halves the allowable increase in exhibit hall size originally proposed in Senate Bill 113, while requiring improved fire sprinkler systems.”
“The measure further prohibits the firing of fireworks in the possession or under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances or on the property of another person without the permission of that person”, he said.
The date of entry into force of the law is July 1, 2022.
When this law comes into effect, Massachusetts will be the only state in the country not to allow the use of consumer grade fireworks.
Bruce Zoldan, president and CEO of Youngstown-based Phantom Fireworks, the nation’s largest consumer fireworks retailer, praised the new law, saying it would significantly increase its business and would create more jobs in the region.
The law allows communities to impose additional restrictions or outright bans on days when fireworks could be used legally in Ohio.
Until this law comes into effect, consumer grade fireworks are not legal to detonate in Ohio, although this is rarely enforced.
The new law imposes a 4% retail fee, which money is used to fund firefighter training programs as well as to pay for the regulation and enforcement of the fireworks industry by the Commissioner of Fireworks. Ohio State fires.
The act also establishes the Ohio Fire Code Rules Recommendation Committee, which is made up of the State Fire Marshal, local fire chiefs, a local police chief, members of the Ohio State. Pyrotechnics Association, a member of the Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness, an Ohio Optometric Association. member, member of the Ohio Pyrotechnic Arts Guild, representative of the Ohio section of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and member of the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants. The committee would advise the state fire marshal on the rules regarding the use, sale, manufacturing licenses and wholesale licenses of fireworks.