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For Immediate Release

Date: 03/11/13

Democrats Attempt to Roll Back Fireworks Law

500-600 jobs, much-needed local control at stake
500-600 jobs, much-needed local control at stake
500-600 jobs, much-needed local control at stake

AUGUSTA - The Legislature's Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee today is hearing six bills that propose to significantly restrict or even fully repeal the law enacted in 2011 to allow local communities to regulate fireworks usage. Five of six of the bills introduced have been introduced by Democrats. The one introduced by a Republican is a modest proposal to move the permissible time for fireworks usage back one hour, from 10:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

"It's unfortunate that we're talking about rolling back a commonsense measure to bring local control and hundreds of jobs to Maine communities," said House Republican Leader Ken Fredette (R-Newport). "The 2011 law did not impose consumer fireworks on Maine; it simply lifted the statewide ban, allowing towns and cities to decide for themselves how to regulate their usage. Some localities have decided to allow regular use of fireworks, some have restricted their use to holidays, and still some others have banned them completely. It's all about local control."

Since the law legalizing consumer fireworks went into effect on January 1, 2013, there have been 17 retail fireworks stores opened in Maine, with three more in progress. According to industry estimates, the stores now employ roughly 100 Mainers full time, year round. They are hiring an additional 400-500 seasonal and part time workers.

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