Hawai’i lawmakers hearing seven bills about fireworks on Feb. 4
To address the issues of illegal fireworks that disrupt and harm Hawaiʻi’s communities, the House Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce will be holding a hearing Friday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. to consider seven bills.
The hearing is being held at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol conference room 329 and is being live streamed on the Hawaii House of Representatives’ YouTube channel.
- HB 2273: Specifies that certain violations of the Fireworks Control Law shall be considered a violation of noise control rules under the Hawaiʻi noise pollution laws, punishable by civil penalties and subject to citations under those respective laws. Appropriates funds to establish one full-time equivalent position for an inspector in the department of health. Appropriates funds for the department of health to enter into a contract with a security company to assist the inspector.
- HB 2275: Establishes an expeditious adjudication system for the processing of fireworks infractions. Appropriates funds.
- HB 1695: Increases from $2,000 to $5,000 the maximum fine that may be assessed against certain fireworks-related violations.
- HB 1696: Increases the fireworks display permit fee from $110 to $300.
- HB 2502: Creates a civil cause of action that may be brought by any person for certain violations or aiding or abetting certain violations of the Fireworks Control Law, with statutory damages.
- HB 1969: Mandates each county offer a monetary reward to individuals who report the illegal use of fireworks and to pay the reward under certain conditions. Appropriates funds.
- HB 1604: Establishes the 2022 illegal fireworks task force within the department of the attorney general to develop a comprehensive strategic plan to stop the importation of illegal fireworks and explosives into the state; promotes compliance with the fireworks control law; and ensures the safety and security of airports, harbors and other facilities and institutions in the state against the discharge of illegal fireworks and explosives. Requires a report to the legislature.