HB 1183

85(R) - 2017
House County Affairs
House County Affairs
House County Affairs & Local Government
Local Government

Vote Recommendation

  • Negative
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Negative
  • Neutral


Kevin Roberts

Bill Caption

Relating to the prohibition by counties of the use of fireworks during certain hours; creating a criminal offense.

Fiscal Notes

No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 1183 would amend Local Government Code relating to the use of fireworks during certain times of the year. The bill would authorize county commissioners courts to prohibit the use of fireworks in an unincorporated area of a county.


The bill is permissive in its authorization of commissioners courts prohibiting the use of fireworks in these specific areas, which could exclude certain holidays from the prohibition and could create a permitting process for the use of fireworks. If enacted, violators of any rules implemented by the county commissioners would be subject to a Class C misdemeanor.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This legislation would grow government by giving county commissioners more regulatory authority and it would create a new criminal offense. This bills infringes on the principle of limited government. For these reasons we oppose HB 1183.

Organizations Supporting

City of Fort Worth
County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas
State Firefighters' and Fire Marshals' Association
Texas Association of Counties
Texas Conference of Urban Counties
Texas Farm Bureau
Travis County Commissioners Court