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State Sen. Glenn Anderson, D-Westland, has gone ahead to introduce legislation to restore Michigan’s pre-2011 fireworks regulations. Anderson last week introduced Senate Bills 1023 and 1024 to re-establish the ban on aerial and explosive fireworks, which account for the vast majority of noise complaints and serious injuries. In 2011, Anderson was the only senator to vote against the fireworks law change.
“Something must be done to get this under control,” Anderson said. “Since the law was changed, in addition to the disturbance of the peace, Michigan residents have endured property damage and injuries, even deaths, related to these higher powered explosives now available. On top of that, the revenue that was promised by sponsors just hasn’t materialized. The burden of inspecting all of the new firework sale locations is virtually impossible and is costing the state more than licensing fees bring in.”
In the wake of Anderson’s initial announcement that legislation would be introduced, hundreds of citizens from across the state contacted his office with stories of sleepless nights during the work week, traumatized pets that have to be sedated for the holidays and fire damage from launches in dense urban communities. For the rest of the story click here.
SEPTEMBER UPDATE from Glenn S. Anderson, Michigan Senate:
Senate Bill 1023 and Senate Bill 1024 have been introduced and referred to a Michigan Senate committee.
I ask that you take one more small, but critically important step to help ensure that the bills move quickly through the legislative process.
Senate Bills 1023 and 1024, have been referred to the Senate Committee on Government Operations which is chaired by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe). It is now at Senator Richardville’s discretion as to when (or if) these bills will receive a committee hearing. If you wish to continue to help to reinstate the ban on explosive and aerial fireworks, it is imperative that you contact Senator Richardville.
When you communicate with Senator Richardville, please:
1. request that he support the legislation and let him know you are also asking your own State legislators to support the legislation
2. mention that you are aware the bills are in his committee and that the full Senate should have an opportunity to vote on the bills
3. that he schedule a hearing for SB 1023 and 1024 when the Legislature reconvenes on September 9 or discharge the bills directly to the full Senate for a vote
4. include your personal reasons for supporting the legislation as well as your experiences
I urge you to contact Senator Richardville by email at: SenRRichardville@senate.michigan.gov or by calling his office at: (517) 373-3543.
Please also contact your State Senator and State Representative to ask them to support SB 1023 and SB 1024. If you do not know who your legislators are you can look them up here:
Find your State Senator - http://www.senate.michigan.gov/fysbyaddress.html
Find your State Representative – http://house.michigan.gov/mhrpublic/frmFindARep.aspx
Thank you again for your continued support as we look forward to safer and more peaceful neighborhoods in Michigan.
Glenn S. Anderson
Michigan State Senate