NASHVILLE — Senators today shortened the fuse on a bill allowing fireworks sales in East Ridge, moving the proposed effective date from July 1, 2012, to Jan. 1, 2012.
“It was pointed out to me by Commerce Committee members that July 1, 2012 would be three days before the Fourth of July,” the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Bo Watson, R-Hixson, told Finance Committee members. “Someone suggested I might want to back that up.”
The bill was amended to do that, giving East Ridge merchants an additional six months of sales, including the entire lucrative pre-July 4 season.
Another amendment was attached that required two-thirds approval of the East Ridge City Commission before sales would be legalized. Both amendments differ from a version of the bill moving through the House.
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...