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    I am asking everyone to contact the Governor and ask him to Veto House Bill 1000!!!
    House Bill 1000 has made past the house and is heading to the Governor!!!

    House Bill 1000 would make it legal to shoot Class "C" fireworks without a permit, without insurance, without being a licensed trained specialist and would allow pyrotechnic shows to be displayed without a sprinkler system!!
    This is going to cause big problems!!! We do not want to have what happened out on the East coast to happen here in IL!!!
    Please contact your Representatives and the Governor!!!!

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    This is an email from IFCA about HB1000

    MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT KENNY -

    I spoke today to representatives of the IFSA, OSFM, IFIA and the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance regarding press conferences scheduled for Chicago (Sunday) and Galesburg (Monday) on HB 1,000, Amendment #1. Our participation in dress uniform at both events is encouraged. However, I am requesting that we allow a spokesperson to give our stance in Chicago on Sunday and I am offering Chief Mike Figolah, President of the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance.



    Chief Figolah has been our champion on this issue for years. There are a number of inaccuracies out there about the impact of this bill, how it was negotiated, as well as why we oppose it. Too many "sources" may lend credibility to charges the fire service does not have their facts straight on the firework issue.



    If you are asked to comment, I would respectfully request that you hold your comments to just stating your concern for the welfare of the people in the community that you protect may be impacted adversely based on the fact that any changes in current fireworks legislation may eventually lead to the legalization of fireworks not currently available. Fireworks need to be left to the professionals.



    Chief Figolah will be in Chicago but not at Galesburg. I would ask those Area Reps, Directors and Fire Chiefs who can attend the Galesburg location to show support for Representative Moffit and let him do the speaking. Again if asked to comment follow the above.


    Chief Pat Kenny

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    State Representative Mike Boland . 4416 River Drive . Moline IL 61265 . 309/736-3360 . Fax: 309/736-3478 .

    Contact: Mike Boland
    Phone: 309/736-3360

    Boland Calls On Governor To Veto Bill That Weakens Fireworks Law

    CHICAGO- Representative Mike Boland is calling upon Governor Blagojevich to veto legislation pushed through in the final hours of the 93rd General Assembly which would greatly weaken the Pyrotechnic Displayers Licensing Act. The current law requires those displaying Class C firework to be trained, tested, and carry liability insurance. It also requites the local fire chief to sign off on all fireworks displays and allows indoor fireworks to only be used in buildings with a sprinkler system.

    Boland said "HB1000 would gut the current law by removing displayers of Class C fireworks from state training, testing, and insurance requirements and would also take out the sprinkler requirement if Class C fireworks are used in an indoor show." The East Moline Democrat argued against HB 1000 in debate on the House floor saying that Class C fireworks are the cause of 88% of fireworks related injuries seen in hospital emergency rooms.

    "The majority of fireworks injuries are to children under the age of 15," Boland said. "It is irresponsible to put these types of fireworks into untrained hands, the majority of whom are children," Boland stated. "This is undoubtedly why the Illinois College of Emergency Physicians opposed this dreadful legislation," he added.

    Boland, a 10 year veteran of the Illinois House of Representatives, listed the other groups opposed to HB1000, including the Office of the State Fire Marshall, the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance, the Illinois Firefighters Association, the Illinois Fire Service Association, Associated Firefighters of Illinois, the Chicago Fire Department, Professional Firefighters of Illinois, the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts, the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association and the Illinois Fire Service Training Institute.

    "The experts in the field know this is bad legislation, They know that Class C fireworks were involved in the Rhode Island Night Club fire and the recent Argentina fire. They know that last July two people were killed (one in Calumet City, Illinois) because of misuses of Class C fireworks.", Boland stated. "If this bill is not vetoed by the Governor medical and property insurance claims will rise and greater burdens will be put on local fire, police, and EMS services which are funded by taxpayer dollars. " Boland emphasized. "A veto by Governor Blagojevich of HB 1000 will be a win- win- win situation, a win for public safety, a win for insurance consumers and a win for taxpayers," he concluded.

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    Les,is that this sunday and monday? 30 and 31,also while i'm askin you going to the MABAS conference?

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    With no disrespect to Chief Kenny, I know Don Moffitt better than he does and I know Don would want to hear the thoughts of others on this bill. I also know that Chief John Cratty, Tyke Jordan, Jim Scherer, Mike Whitsitt, Sparky Boydstun and Chip Timmons are very capable of articulating an intelligent argument to the passage of this bill. Throw Tommy Simkins in there too.
    Does anyone know what time in Galesburg?
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    All I know about the press conference is what was in the above email. I am assuming it is this Sunday and Monday. Art.. If you have been folowing the HB1000 issue there are several issues and conflicts that have happened between everyone involved. I think the IFCA is asking the fire service to become unified in their statement and avoid personal attacks against the fireworks companies.In other words they don't want to start a "mud slinging" war.

    Yes Larry.. I am planning on attending the conference in Peoria.
    Will I see you there?
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    Les;
    I have been watching this bill for the past two years. Thanks to state senators like East Moline's Denny Jacobs, this bill stands a good chance of getting the governor's signature.
    Why?
    Because the state's top fire agencies were more concerned about who gets to stand at the podium at press time than what this bill does to the hard efforts of the last 20 years to strictly regulate ALL fireworks in our state.
    Burn camp will be overflowing and busting at the seams if someone doesn't come to their senses and fast.
    Although a unified effort would be great, it does seem a little late to check the egos at the door and put on a happy, unified face. The effort should have come when the bill was first introduced.
    We only have ourselves to blame if this bill or any clone of it gets passed.
    It will be a sad day for all the kids, families and counselors who have suffered the horrible injuries caused by "legal fireworks".
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    I agree Art
    I feel that everyones comments made directly to the Govenors Office and the State Representatives will have more of an effect than speaking out at the press conference as individul firefighters.
    Any of the persons you listed above will do an excelent job of speaking on our behalf.

    If anyone knows more about the Galesburg press conference let us know!
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    Lets do a comparative risk/benefit analysis.
    Benefit: More tax monies for the State. More money for fireworks dealers. more campaign contributions for agreeable legislators Risk:Easier access to fireworks, more fires, more children(adults too) injured maimed and killed. Property damage increases. Higher insurance rates. Hmmm.. It's not too hard for me to figure out.


    The simple fact remains that the GOVERNOR PROMISED NOT to sign any bill that would increase the risks to children. Time to hold him to that PROMISE.
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    CR,I guess I'll have to call chief Cratty tommrow to find out where and when. Les, I think i am going, if I can get CR to pay the reg. fee You know its funny,as a lonely capt I am not in the target crowd,but as presdent of 31 I guess they will let me go

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    Art....Larry....!!!

    Any news about how the press conference went today?

    Mikey!...
    Any news about the one up your way on Sunday?
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    I didn't see anything on it in tonight's paper.
    Guess I'll have to make a phone call.
    Larry; you go ahead and pay and I'll re-imburse you!
    You know; I DO have the checkbook until Les gets back from Mississippi!
    Yee Haw!
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    Got an email from John yesterday at 7:30 am,press conference was at 9:30, didn't read my mail till noon.I'll shoot him one today for the details. Art,does that include trips to BA's

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    I heard on the news this morning that Don Moffitt has come out very strongly against the passage of this bill.
    He is encouraging the governor to veto it.
    If the governor doesn't, then I would guess that Don would start moving towards an over ride.
    I think that the governor needs to attend Burn Camp next summer. Maybe it will wake him up.
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    I'll second that motion, Art.
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    I had another committment Sunday, So I missed the press coference. but it made the paper here. Thank you to all that participated in yesterdays press conference.

    The following appeared in today's Chicago Tribune:

    Officials ask governor to veto fireworks bill

    Published January 31, 2005


    ILLINOIS -- A state representative and fire officials called on Gov. Rod Blagojevich Sunday to veto a bill they say will weaken Illinois' fireworks law.

    The bill passed both houses of the General Assembly Jan. 11 and would institute changes in the Pyrotechnic Operator Licensing Act for anyone using certain consumer fireworks such as Roman candles and bottle rockets.

    Fire-safety advocates see the bill as an attempt to remove requirements that sponsors of such displays have liability insurance, be licensed and be properly trained. "It's a bad piece of legislation, and it puts more of a strain on the fire-safety community," said state Rep. Mike Boland (D-Moline) at a news conference in Chicago.

    Michael Figolah, president of the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance, said the group does not want regulations eased.

    "Consumer fireworks are what hurt everyone," Figolah said.
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    From the Galesburg Register-Mail:
    Reps want to extinguish fireworks bill

    February 1, 2005

    By JOHN R. PULLIAM of The Register-Mail

    GALESBURG - State Reps. Don Moffitt and Mike Boland don't have anything against fireworks. But both lawmakers are urging Gov. Blagojevich to veto a bill they say would weaken legislation regulating Class C fireworks - Roman candles, bottle rockets and other powerful fireworks - used in private displays.

    In a news conference in the truck bay at Galesburg's central fire station, Boland said the dangers are real. Requirements for sprinkler systems for indoor fireworks displays would be removed, as well as provisions requiring proper training, testing and proof of $1 million of liability insurance.

    Boland, D-East Moline, said these are powerful fireworks.

    "We're talking about explosive stuff that, if not used right, can have the explosive power of dynamite," Boland said. "This is very bad for public safety. Any Tom, Dick and Harry could use this in their back yard."

    Boland said that the Class C fireworks cause 88 percent of the fireworks-related injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms.

    "The majority of fireworks injuries are to children under the age of 15," Boland said. "This is undoubtedly why the Illinois College of Emergency Physicians opposed this dreadful legislation."

    Boland said the Society for the Prevention of Blindness also is advocating the governor exercise his veto.

    Moffitt, R-Gilson, co-chairs the General Assembly's fire caucus. He joined Boland in objecting to the legislation being passed in the waning hours of the previous legislative session.

    "Many of the people that voted for it were lame ducks," Moffitt said. He said the legislation is universally opposed by the fire service and, "I view it as a step backward."

    Moffitt said if this is good legislation, which he does not believe it is, it should be "openly and thoroughly debated in the spring session."

    House Bill 1000 was stopped in committee the Monday of the lame duck session, then came back on Tuesday and passed the House with one vote to spare.

    "It may not have nine lives, but it certainly has several lives," Moffitt said.

    Galesburg Fire Chief John Cratty said of the eight deaths caused by fireworks in 2003, six were caused by the more-powerful Class-C displays.

    DeKalb Fire Chief Lanny Russell, president of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association in 1991 and 1992, said the fireworks lobby has made this a long-time fight.

    "This has been an ongoing battle for many, many years," Russell said. "We certainly urge the governor to veto it and bring back the legislation if it is such good policy."

    Boland urged citizens to write or e-mail the governor and ask him to veto the legislation.

    Boland said there is 30 days for the legislation to reach the governor's desk, then 60 days for the governor to decide whether to sign it into law or veto the bill.

    Moffitt said some lawmakers, who for obvious reasons don't want their names used, have told him since the end of the session that they are sorry they voted for HB1000 and now hope the governor will veto it.

    "I feel pretty confident," Boland said. "I can't imagine not vetoing this bill. It is so bad."

    His only concern is the promise by lobbyists of millions of dollars of additional revenue for the financially-strapped state if the restrictions are lifted. He said those promises are hollow, calling them "some kind of frosting on a mud cake."

    Contact John R. Pulliam at 343-7181, Ext. 215, or jpulliam@register-mail.com.
    I liked Mike Boland's quote "some kind of frosting on a mud cake".
    No matter how you package this bill, it will still stink.
    It just seems like such hypocrisy to have one of the best burn camps in the nation and then even THINK about passing such a bill.
    The governor made a promise to protect the children in this state. By his veto of this bill, he will be doing exactly that.
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