Thanks to the effort of one Republican State representative, folks, liberty-loving Utahns who cherish the God-given right to endanger their neighbors' homes and frighten the bejeebus outta their neighbors' pets with crude incendiary devices are one step closer to observing the slapping down of fireworks prohibitions imposed by their "local" governments. The Salt Lake Tribune provides the gist:
Some pesky cities and towns have banned fireworks that the state law says are legal — so the Utah House advanced a bill Wednesday to stop that.
It voted 73-1 to pass HB289 and send it to the Senate.Bill sponsor Rep. James Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville, said when he asked some cities and towns why they banned fireworks that were made legal by the Legislature in recent years, "They said because it says fireworks may be discharged. It doesn’t say we have to allow it."His bill would reword state law to make clear (with certain exceptions) that local jurisdictions cannot ban fireworks allowed by state law.
Get the full lowdown here:
Sodden queries posed by one reader under a companion D-News story on this topic:
- This is coming from the same legislature that screams bloody murder at big government interfering with Utah?
- What financial interests does Mr. Dunnigan have in the fireworks industry?
Now that the legislature's back in session, it's nice to see that our legislators are keeping their priorities straight, no?