Constitutional Amendment: Fireworks, Future Sales and Framework Passes Senate

ATLANTA (March 5, 2013) – A resolution that would set the framework for the sale of fireworks in Georgia passed the Senate today by a vote of 44 to 5. Senate Resolution 378 contains a proposed constitutional amendment allowing local authorization in regards to the sale of fireworks in Georgia, with taxes on the fireworks being exclusively used for trauma care and firefighter training. SR 378 was sponsored by Sen. Jeff Mullis (R – Chickamauga).

“SR 378 will allow local cities and counties to write their own rules in regards to fireworks sales. In addition, the sales tax on these purchases will raise and estimated $5 million each year for vital emergency services,” said Sen. Mullis.

SR 378 is companion legislation to SB 229, which details the regulations and legalities pertaining to the sale of fireworks in Georgia. The proposed constitutional amendment enabling the functionality of SB 229 would appear on Georgia ballots in November 2014.

If SR 378 is approved by local referendum, cities and counties in Georgia will be charged with writing specific rules about the sale of fireworks within that specific jurisdiction.

The resolution will now transfer to the House of Representatives for consideration.

For Immediate Release:
February 6, 2013

For Information Contact:
Jennifer Yarber, Interim Director