Senate committee passes bill lifting state's fireworks ban

6:27 PM, Jan 8, 2014   |    comments
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(Tallahassee Democrat) -- (10:10 a.m. UPDATE) Members of the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee signed off Wednesday morning on a bill that would lift Florida's ban on fireworks.

Committee members voted 7-4 to move the legislation (SB 314) along. A hearing on a similar bill (HB 4005), sponsored by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, is set for this afternoon by the House Subcommittee on Insurance and Banking.

SB 314, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, would allow cities and counties to set up their own ordinances regulating fireworks. It would end what some lawmakers have called the farce of allowing fireworks to be sold when customers sign a waiver saying they intend to use them for agricultural purposes only.

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