TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE, 2009
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO FIREWORKS.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Chapter 132D, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:
"§132D‑ County ordinances. (a) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to supersede or in any manner affect a county fireworks ordinance; provided that the ordinance is at least as stringent in the control or prohibition of fireworks as the law under this chapter.
(b) Nothing in this chapter shall prohibit a county from enacting ordinances that are more stringent in the control or prohibition of fireworks than this chapter."
SECTION 2. Section 132D-17, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is repealed.
county ordinances, rules. Notwithstanding any other law to the
contrary, no county shall enact ordinances or adopt any rules regulating fireworks
or articles pyrotechnic, except as required in this chapter, that is
inconsistent with or more restrictive than, the provisions of this chapter.
Any ordinances and rules regulating fireworks or articles pyrotechnic that were
enacted or adopted by a county before March 31, 1995, except those provisions
which are not inconsistent with, or more restrictive than those of this
chapter, are declared void."]
SECTION 3. (a) There shall be established within the legislative reference bureau for administrative purposes an illegal fireworks task force. The task force shall develop a plan and make recommendations to stop the importation of illegal fireworks and explosives into Hawaii and develop a strategy to ensure the safety and security of the airports, harbors, and other facilities and institutions in this State against the discharge of illegal fireworks and explosives.
(b) The illegal fireworks task force shall meet a minimum of five times between June 1, 2010, and December 31, 2010. The task force may continue to meet beyond December 31, 2010, if necessary. The task force shall be dissolved on June 30, 2011.
(c) The legislative reference bureau shall provide administrative support to the illegal fireworks task force.
(d) The co-chairs of the illegal fireworks task force shall be the chair of the senate committee on public safety and military affairs and the chair of the house committee on public safety. The task force may include representatives from the following organizations:
(1) Federal Bureau of Investigation;
(2) United States Drug Enforcement Agency;
(3) United States Coast Guard;
(4) Department of Homeland Security;
(5) Department of public safety;
(6) Department of transportation;
(7) Department of agriculture;
(8) Department of transportation - harbors division;
(9) Department of transportation - airports division;
(10) Department of defense;
(11) Department of the attorney general;
(12) Police departments of the city and county of Honolulu, county of Maui, county of Hawaii, and county of Kauai;
(13) Office of the prosecuting attorney of the city and county of Honolulu, county of Maui, county of Hawaii, and county of Kauai;
(14) State fire council;
(15) Consumer Product Safety Commission;
(16) Federal Aviation Administration;
(17) Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and
(18) United States Customs and Border Protection;
provided that the governor, the president of the senate, and
the speaker of the house of representatives shall each appoint one member in addition to those specified in paragraphs (1) through (18); provided further that two additional members of the task force shall be representatives of the shipping and trucking industries; and provided further that two additional members of the task force shall be representatives of the fireworks industry.
(e) The illegal fireworks task force shall submit a preliminary plan and strategy report to the legislature no later than January 10, 2011.
SECTION 4. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Illegal Fireworks Task Force; County Fireworks Ordinances
Establishes an illegal fireworks task force to stop the importation of illegal fireworks and explosives. Requires the task force to report a preliminary plan to the legislature no later than January 10, 2011. Allows counties to enact ordinances regulating fireworks that are more stringent than state law regulating fireworks. Effective on approval. (CD1)
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