Georgia Senate Passes Bill for the Sale of Fireworks
House Bill 110, carried by Sen. Jeff Mullis (R – Chickamauga), will allow the sale and regulation of consumer fireworks in Georgia. The bill passed by a vote of 43 to 7. The bill will keep fireworks revenue in-state and greatly improve fireworks safety by defining regulations for sale and use in Georgia.
“Selling fireworks in the State of Georgia will not only be a convenience for consumers, but it will also boost our economy, rather than boosting the economy of Georgia’s s neighboring states. The passage of this bill means approximately 1,000 new jobs will be created through the establishment of fireworks stores throughout the state,” said Sen. Mullis.
According to the American Pyrotechnic Association, revenues from consumer fireworks sales were approximately $675 million in 2014, up from $600 million in 2006. House Bill 110 will allow Georgia to be competitive with surrounding states and receive the economic benefits of fireworks sales in state. However, it should be noted that although fireworks usage and sales are greatly increasing, there has been a 44% decrease in fireworks-related accidents thanks to consumer campaigns and education programs. House Bill 110 will improve fireworks safety in Georgia through the regulation of who may purchase fireworks, as well as the location of where fireworks may be used.
House Bill 110 allows Georgians to more conveniently buy fireworks in the state while making sure that they are handled in a responsible manner. Anyone 16 or 17 years of age may possess and participate in the sale of fireworks only if employed by a retailer licensed by the Safety Fire Commission, while you have to be 18 to buy and use fireworks.
HB 110 now transfers to Gov. Nathan Deal for his approval and signature.
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Sen. Jeff Mullis serves as Chairman of the Rules Committee. He represents the 53rd Senate District, which includes Catoosa, Dade, and Walker counties and portions of Chattooga County. He can be reached at his office in Atlanta at 404.656.0057 or by email at email@example.com