29Nov Rep. Lilly’s firework measures rocket through House committee Categories: Lilly News The House Regulatory Reform Committee Wednesday approved two separate plans authored by state Rep. Jim Lilly, of Park Township, regarding the use and safety of consumer fireworks in Michigan.House Bill 5939 enhances the abilities of local municipalities to determine the times consumer fireworks may be fired off within their city limits.“While a majority of Michiganders enjoy discharging fireworks as well as watching firework displays, most can agree that fireworks fired off late in the evening on days not associated with holidays can be a nuisance,” Lilly said. “Allowing local communities to revise the times during which people can let off fireworks – while still protecting certain dates – would solve a growing problem that has recently come up after the legalization of consumer-grade fireworks in 2011.”House Bill 5941 allows the governor to prohibit the use of consumer fireworks in any county on any given day if he or she determines weather conditions make the activity dangerous to people and property. Lilly’s plan acts similarly to local or regional burn bans in instances of high winds or drought.“Fireworks pose injury risks, and the chances of a firework-related injury are elevated when the weather fails to cooperate,” Lilly said. “Local officials do not allow people to have bonfires after a prolonged drought. This is no different. Safety should always remain a top priority, and this plan allows the governor to ensure the safety, protection and well-being of all Michiganders.”Both bills now move to the full House for consideration.