Posted: Jun 17, 2013 8:40 AM by AP/CS
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Kansas company that sells fireworks in Louisiana is asking a state judge to strike down a law that imposes higher permit fees and penalties on out-of-state fireworks retailers than on local sellers.
A hearing is scheduled June 20 before state District Judge Wilson Fields.
The Advocate reports that C&A Pyro LLC, based in Prairie Village, Kansas, argues the higher fees are unconstitutional, discriminatory and unjustified.
State Fire Marshal Butch Browning, who is named as a defendant in the suit along with his office, said Friday he could not comment on the pending litigation.
Louisiana law sets a permit fee of $100 for resident retailers and $800 for nonresident retailers. Retailers who submit applications and fees after April 1 are charged a penalty equal to the permit fee.