Fireworks Bill Passes MN House Without Drinking Prohibition

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Click Photo to Watch MN House Pass Fireworks Bill

Click Photo to Watch MN House Pass Fireworks Bill

Minnesotans will be able to shoot off large fireworks even when they are drunk under a bill passed 77-50 in the House. Representative Joe Atkins (DFL-Inver Grove Heights) made that point when he offered an amendment making it illegal to be under the influence when setting off fireworks of one pound or more. After legislators from both parties argued against it, Atkins withdrew his amendment saying his point had been made.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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