BENTON – State Representative David Severin (R-Benton) is voicing his support for a newly introduced bill by his House colleague Barbara Wheeler of the 64th legislative district.
House Bill 5928 would make changes to Illinois’ “Pyrotechnic Use Act”, thereby legalizing a wider variety of consumer fireworks in Illinois for the first time since the 1930s.
Severin said in a press release that he is proud to say on this 4th of July week that he is a supporter of re-legalizing fireworks in our state. Severin noted that Rep. Wheeler’s bill not only legalizes fireworks, but lays out important safety guidelines as well and safety should always come first when using fireworks.
During the recent legislative session, Severin filed legislation (HB 5630) that would have legalized fireworks, but the bill was never allowed for a vote. Severin says he believes the public is in favor of legalizing fireworks and that Southern Illinois is losing out on revenues to other states.
Severin says folks right now are using fireworks in Illinois, but are buying these items in places like Kentucky and Missouri where fireworks are legal to buy. Severin went on to say that if people are willing to travel to buy fireworks then surely they would be willing to spend their money closer to home if Illinois were to legalize fireworks. Severin says he’s strongly in favor of legalizing fireworks and making it as safe as humanly possible at the same time. He thinks HB 5928 would accomplish those goals.