Rep. Marcello introduces bill enabling municipalities to regulate the sale of fireworks
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Michael J. Marcello (D-Dist. 41, Scituate, Cranston) has introduced legislation (2016-H 7656) that would authorize cities and towns to regulate, by local ordinance, the sale of fireworks within their municipal boundaries.
“Since the state legalized the sale of fireworks several years ago, there has been confusion at the municipal level as to what local licenses, if any, are needed to regulate them in each community,” Marcello said.
The legislation enables municipalities to adopt an ordinance to create a firework license in each City or Town by which the municipalities can regulate the time, place and manner of their sale.
“Around July 4th of every year, national and local vendors with tents appear in almost every City and Town peddling fireworks, and this legislation would give municipalities the clear authority to regulate their sale through a special license,” Marcello said.
“While it would not stop the explosive sounds of fireworks ringing through night, it will allow our municipalities some element of control and give them clear authority to set appropriate fee as well as location where such sales could occur.” Marcello said.
Under the proposed legislation, municipalities could charge up to $1,000 for the license.
For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903