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Second Substitute S.B. 76

Senator Dan R. Eastman proposes the following substitute bill:




Sponsor: Dan R. Eastman

             5      This act modifies the Public Safety Code by raising the fee for a state license for display
             6      or special effects operators from $10 to $30. The act also raises the fee for an importer or
             7      wholesaler of pyrotechnic devices from $250 to $500 and requires that half of the money
             8      be used by the State Fire Marshall Division to establish a public fireworks education
             9      program. This act has an immediate effective date.
             10      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             11      AMENDS:
             12          53-7-204, as last amended by Chapter 25, Laws of Utah 2001
             13          53-7-223, as last amended by Chapter 14, Laws of Utah 1995
             14          53-7-224, as enacted by Chapter 234, Laws of Utah 1993
             15      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             16          Section 1. Section 53-7-204 is amended to read:
             17           53-7-204. Duties of Utah Fire Prevention Board -- Local administrative duties.
             18          (1) The board shall:
             19          (a) make rules:
             20          (i) adopting a nationally recognized fire code and the specific edition of that fire code
             21      as the state fire code to be used as the standard;
             22          (ii) establishing minimum standards for the prevention of fire and for the protection of
             23      life and property against fire and panic in any:
             24          (A) publicly owned building, including all public and private schools, colleges, and
             25      university buildings;

             26          (B) building or structure used or intended for use as an asylum, a mental hospital, a
             27      hospital, a sanitarium, a home for the aged, an assisted living facility, a children's home or day
             28      care center, or any similar institutional type occupancy of any capacity; and
             29          (C) place of assemblage where 50 or more persons may gather together in a building,
             30      structure, tent, or room for the purpose of amusement, entertainment, instruction, or education;
             31          (iii) establishing safety and other requirements for placement and discharge of display
             32      fireworks based upon:
             33          (A) the specific edition of the nationally recognized fire code selected by the board
             34      under Subsection (1)(a)(i); and
             35          (B) relevant publications of the National Fire Protection Association;
             36          (iv) establishing minimum safety standards for retail storage, handling, and sale of
             37      class C common state approved explosives;
             38          (v) establishing a statewide public fireworks education program that emphasizes the
             39      safe and responsible use of class C common state approved fireworks;
             40          [(v)] (vi) defining methods to establish proof of competence to place and discharge
             41      display fireworks;
             42          [(vi)] (vii) for deputizing qualified persons to act as deputy fire marshals, and to secure
             43      special services in emergencies;
             44          [(vii)] (viii) implementing Sections 53-7-106 and 53-7-205 ;
             45          [(viii)] (ix) setting guidelines for use of funding; and
             46          [(ix)] (x) establishing criteria for training and safety equipment grants for fire
             47      departments enrolled in firefighter certification;
             48          (b) recommend to the commissioner a state fire marshal;
             49          (c) develop policies under which the state fire marshal and his authorized
             50      representatives will perform;
             51          (d) provide for the employment of field assistants and other salaried personnel as
             52      required;
             53          (e) prescribe the duties of the state fire marshal and his authorized representatives;
             54          (f) establish a statewide fire prevention, fire education, and fire service training
             55      program in cooperation with the Board of Regents;
             56          (g) establish a statewide fire statistics program for the purpose of gathering fire data

             57      from all political subdivisions of the state;
             58          (h) establish a fire academy in accordance with Section 53-7-204.2 ;
             59          (i) coordinate the efforts of all people engaged in fire suppression in the state;
             60          (j) work aggressively with the local political subdivisions to reduce fire losses; and
             61          (k) regulate the sale and servicing of portable fire extinguishers and automatic fire
             62      suppression systems in the interest of safeguarding lives and property.
             63          (2) The board may incorporate in its rules by reference, in whole or in part, nationally
             64      recognized and readily available standards and codes pertaining to the protection of life and
             65      property from fire, explosion, or panic.
             66          (3) (a) The board may only make amendments to the state fire code adopted under
             67      Subsection (1)(a)(i) in accordance with Section 53-7-205 .
             68          (b) The amendments may be applicable to the entire state or within a city, county, or
             69      fire protection district.
             70          (4) The following functions shall be administered locally by a city, county, or fire
             71      protection district:
             72          (a) issuing permits, including open burning permits pursuant to Sections 11-7-1 and
             73      19-2-114 ;
             74          (b) creating a local board of appeals in accordance with the state fire code; and
             75          (c) establishing, modifying, or deleting fire flow and water supply requirements.
             76          Section 2. Section 53-7-223 is amended to read:
             77           53-7-223. State license for display or special effects operators -- Permit -- Fee --
             78      Division duties -- Revocation.
             79          (1) A person may not purchase, possess, or discharge display or special effects
             80      fireworks unless the person has obtained a display or special effects operator license from the
             81      division.
             82          (2) The division shall:
             83          (a) issue an annual license to any display or special effects operator who:
             84          (i) applies for the permit;
             85          (ii) pays a [$10] $30 fee;
             86          (iii) demonstrates proof of competence; and
             87          (iv) certifies that he will comply with the rules governing placement and discharge of

             88      fireworks established by the board;
             89          (b) provide the licensee with a copy of the rules governing placement and discharge of
             90      fireworks made under Section 53-7-204 ; and
             91          (c) together with county and municipal officers enforce Sections 53-7-220 through
             92      53-7-225 .
             93          (3) The division may:
             94          (a) revoke a license issued under this section for cause;
             95          (b) seize display and special effects fireworks, fireworks, and unclassified fireworks
             96      that are offered for sale, sold, or in the possession of an individual in violation of Sections
             97      53-7-220 through 53-7-225 ; and
             98          (c) create application and certification forms.
             99          Section 3. Section 53-7-224 is amended to read:
             100           53-7-224. Licensing importers and wholesalers -- Fee.
             101          (1) The division shall:
             102          [(1)] (a) annually license each importer and wholesaler of pyrotechnic devices; and
             103          [(2)] (b) charge an annual license fee of [$250.] $500.
             104          (2) One-half of license fees collected under Subsection (1)(b) shall be deposited in the
             105      General Fund as a dedicated credit to be used by the division to establish the public fireworks
             106      education program established under Subsection 53-7-204 (1)(a)(v).
             107          Section 4. Effective date.
             108          If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this act takes effect
             109      upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah
             110      Constitution Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto,
             111      the date of veto override.

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