Dayton Vetoes Fireworks Bill 30 Apr 12

Governor Dayton has vetoed a bill that would have legalized aerial and audible fireworks in Minnesota, saying it was the hardest legislative decision he has ever made. The governor says most Minnesotans are responsible enough to use inherently dangerous fireworks properly and safely, but unfortunately some are not. Supporters of the bill call the veto another example of the “Nanny State.” The governor says injuries around the Fourth of July have doubled since some types of fireworks were legalized in Minnesota in 2002, and property damage losses have increased five times. He vetoed the fireworks bill just prior to it’s midnight deadline over the weekend.