House Ag Committee to Discuss Fireworks Law
WHAT: The House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), will hold a public hearing to discuss legislation regarding the state’s fireworks law. House Bill 1687, sponsored by Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks), proposes to implement time constraints on when fireworks can be used, offer guidance to local governments on controls for sale and use, increase penalties for violations and provide notices for consumers purchasing fireworks.

WHO: Causer and members of the committee. The following people are scheduled to testify:

State Department of Agriculture Panel: Walter Remmert, director, Bureau of Weights and Measures, and Dwight-Jared Smith, assistant counsel.
Local Government Panel: Joseph H Gerdes III, director of Government Relations, Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors; Edward C. Troxell, director of Government Affairs, Pennsylvania Association of Boroughs; and Amy Sturges, director of Governmental Affairs, Pennsylvania Municipal League.
First Responders Panel: Jerry Ozog, executive director, Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute; Jay Delaney, chief, City of Wilkes-Barre Bureau of Fire and president, Pennsylvania Career Fire Chiefs Association.
Novelty Fireworks Sales Panel: Jack May, managing director, Keystone Novelties Distributors; and Eric Turner, governmental affairs director, TNT Fireworks.
Licensed Consumer Fireworks Sales Facilities Panel: Daniel Peart, director of Government Affairs, Phantom Fireworks; and Bob Kellner, president, Kellner’s Fireworks Inc.

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 9 a.m.

WHERE: Room 140, Main Capitol Building.

LIVE WEBSTREAMING: Barring technical difficulties, the meeting will be streamed live at

Media contact: Patricia Hippler, 717.772.9846,