Summary of the House Committee Version of the Bill


SPONSOR:  Klindt (Lager)

COMMITTEE ACTION:  Voted "do pass" by the Committee on Small
Business by a vote of 15 to 1.

This substitute changes the definitions and permit requirements
for displays or proximate fireworks and where fireworks can be
stored and ignited.  It increases the fees the State Fire Marshal
charges for permits and changes the distribution of the fees
between the General Revenue Fund and the Fire Education Fund.

Any false statement or declaration made on a permit application
may result in the State Fire Marshal refusing to issue a permit
for up to three years.  Civil penalties are established for
anyone who manufactures, sells, offers for sale, ships, or causes
fireworks to be shipped into the state without possessing the
applicable permits.

All costs associated with an adjudication of rights pursuant to
the substitute will be placed upon the defendant.

FISCAL NOTE:  Estimated Income on General Revenue Fund of $31,510
in FY 2005, $25,010 in FY 2006, and $25,010 in FY 2007.
Estimated Income on Other State Funds of $33,665 in FY 2005,
$25,165 in FY 2006, and $25,165 in FY 2007.

PROPONENTS:  Supporters say that the bill updates definitions,
modifies fees, and designates a portion of the fees for rural
firefighter training.  It also establishes civil penalties for
manufacturing and shipping fireworks without proper permits and
encourages large fireworks displays to have an individual with
proper fireworks training on-site.

Testifying for the bill were Senator Klindt; and Missouri
Fireworks Association.

OPPONENTS:  There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

Karla Strobel, Legislative Analyst

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92nd General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session
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