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Thu Jul 4, 2019, 05:02 PM

Pennsylvania law reaping $11M in fireworks taxes and fees under scrutiny over unleashing 'war zone'

Noise, accidents and public frustration tied to increased use of fireworks are putting a spotlight on a 2017 measure that generated millions of dollars in revenue for the state by greatly expanding Pennsylvanians’ access to fireworks.

The measure was tucked into an unrelated bill that was passed by the Legislature and became Act 43 of 2017. An earlier attempt to pass a standalone bill on fireworks had stalled.

The language in Act 43 allowed for the sale to Pennsylvanians aerial devices like bottle rockets and Roman candles and also carried a new tax and expanded licensing fees.

Speaking this week after media reports about fireworks-related injuries and damage, Rep. Frank Farry, a Bucks County Republican, said the fireworks measure should not have been in Act 43, a tax code bill.

Read more: https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pa-fireworks-money-20190703-zxhyryxnqbdttjtaaljabm54wy-story.html

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TexasTowelie Jul 2019 OP
Freedomofspeech Jul 2019 #1
romana Jul 2019 #2
Freedomofspeech Jul 2019 #3
FakeNoose Jul 2019 #4
DeminPennswoods Jul 2019 #5

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Jul 8, 2019, 01:41 PM

1. Ridiculous...

How much did our Republican legislators get paid for doing this? All we hear are M80s and fireworks night after night. The trumpers here love their fireworks. ☹

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Response to Freedomofspeech (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 8, 2019, 04:07 PM

2. OMG

Worst year ever. It's been nonstop for days, and is still going on.

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Response to romana (Reply #2)

Mon Jul 8, 2019, 06:23 PM

3. Our poor dogs are suffering.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 06:26 PM

4. Every kid in Pittsburgh got his hands on fireworks this year

It was nuts! Yes there were tons of M80s, bottle rockets, the little packs of firecrackers we used to call "lady fingers." The worst part was they were shooting them off for a whole week. It wasn't just on the 4th. Parents can't control their kid any more, at least not the teenage boys.

I must be an old fogie because kids were lighting these things right out in the street in front of my house, and my dog went batshit crazy.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 03:13 AM

5. If this Rep decides to go to court, the fireworks law

might be tossed. PA's constitution mandates bills only address a single issue. Since Act 43 is a tax code bill, including the unrelated fireworks provision might violate that. Even if it was struck down, now that the legislature has seen the revenue roll-in, a seperate fireworks bill would likely pass pretty easily.

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