The latest version of a bill to expand Minnesota’s list of legal fireworks has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

Members of the House Public Safety and Security Policy and Finance committee advanced the measure Tuesday on a divided voice vote. The House passed a similar fireworks bill last session, but the Senate never took action.

The bill would authorize the sale of “aerial and audible devices,” including bottle rockets, roman candles and firecrackers. Current state law allows only novelty devices.

Rep. Jason Rarick, R-Pine City, said his 2017 bill would allow for year-round sales.

“If you’re going to sell for 60 days or less, you would be allowed to sell in a tent,” Rarick said. “That is going to allow our nonprofit organizations and small organizations to be able to sell. If you’re going to sell for more than 60 days, you would then be required to go into a permanent structure that meets fire code.”

Rarick said Minnesotans are already using similar fireworks that they purchase in neighboring states. He said he wants that money to remain in Minnesota.

Rarick’s bill also designates a portion of fireworks sales tax revenue to programs that promote fire safety and benefit local fire departments.

Still, fire chiefs and the state fire marshal testified against the bill.

Burnsville Fire Chief B.J. Jungman told lawmakers that the legalization of additional fireworks would cause public safety problems.

“There’s no question that they cause injury and fire, and should this legislation pass, we can expect an increase in both,” Jungman said.

The bill goes next to the House Government Operations and Elections Policy committee.

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton has opposed previous fireworks bills. He vetoed one in 2012.

Good morning and welcome to Tuesday. Here’s the Digest.

1. The Minnesota House passed the bill allowing Sunday liquor store sales by a bipartisan vote Monday. The bill passed 85-45. It’s a major shift for the perennial issue that had failed year after year at the Capitol, often by wide margins. This was the first time the Minnesota House voted on Sunday liquor sales as a stand-alone bill. Previous efforts were pushed unsuccessfully as last-minute amendments to larger bills on liquor policy. A House amendment failed last session by 14 votes. The ban dates back to the end of prohibition. The debate now moves to the Senate. (MPR News)

2. Lawmakers moved to clamp down on the Metropolitan Council Monday, with a variety of measures that would restructure the body, hem in its authority and turn back one of its signature efforts, building the Southwest Light Rail Transit line. House members spent much of the afternoon on a bill authored by Rep. Tony Albright, R-Prior Lake, that would expand the council from 17 to 27 members. (MPR News)

3. It’s not just Sunday sales. People who want to change some of Minnesota’s other longstanding alcohol regulations are gearing up for a broader push. From allowing brewpubs at the airport and permitting craft beer shipments into the state to letting breweries in Minnesota sell nearly unlimited growlers, dozens of bills introduced this session are hoping to make Minnesota much friendlier to its booming booze industry. (MinnPost)

4. The 50,000 or so people who make up Minnesota’s Russian-speaking community are reacting to tensions between Russia and the Trump administration with a mix of concern, curiosity and skepticism. Many believe that Americans’ worries over Russian influence on the White House are understandable but exaggerated. They fear the barrage of negative headlines is reigniting a fear of Russia in America and worsening anti-American sentiment in Russia. But many don’t trust Putin either. Nor do they trust reports from the media, having lived through the daily propaganda of an authoritarian state. (Star Tribune)

5. President Trump chose Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to be his new national security adviser. McMaster, 54, is a three-star Army general known for being a military intellectual. A West Point graduate who earned a doctorate in history from the University of North Carolina, he wrote his dissertation based on newly declassified documents from the Vietnam War. The dissertation became a 1997 book — Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam. (NPR)

Good morning and happy Presidents Day, the holiday that used to be known as George Washington’s birthday. His actually birthday isn’t until Wednesday (it’s number 286), and people celebrated it as a holiday when he was still alive, which must have been a little awkward for him. The day didn’t become an official federal holiday until 1879. Lincoln’s birthday was on Feb. 12. For some people it’s a good day to buy a new mattress. Anyway, on to the Digest.

1. The Minnesota House is expected to vote later today on allowing liquor stores to do business on Sundays. It’s an issue that has been around for years that the public seems to support but hasn’t mustered enough votes to pass in the Legislature. House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R- Zimmerman, is predicting the measure will pass, but prospects are still uncertain in the Senate. (WCCO TV )

2. Gov. Mark Dayton put a $300 million tax-cut plan on the table in January, but Republicans in the Legislature are likely to up the ante. More than 100 tax bills have been introduced in the Senate, and House members are wading through 200-plus proposals. Some ideas appear to have bi-partisan support. Calling Dayton’s offer “bread and crumbs from his table,” Senate Taxes Committee Chairman Roger Chamberlain, R-Lino Lakes, said: “We’re going to offer something that could potentially offer Minnesotans thousands of dollars of extra income every week, every month throughout the year in increased wages, lower prices and new opportunities.” (Pioneer Press)

3. The chief sponsor of a bill in the Minnesota House that would prevent cities from adopting their own labor standards for businesses says that if cities controlled by Democrats raise wages or require paid leave, that Republican-led municipalities could also pass right-to-work ordinances. No Minnesota cities have actually done so yet, and some lawmakers say they believe the issue is not a priority in city halls or at the Capitol this year. Opponents of Republican Pat Garofalo’s bill said his argument is a distraction and that he hasn’t provided evidence of the idea taking root in local governments. (Star Tribune)

4. New Hampshire Democrat Ray Buckley dropped out of the race for Democratic National Committee chair over the weekend and threw his support behind Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison. Buckley’s announcement came a week before DNC members gather in Atlanta to choose a new chair. Ellison and former Labor Secretary Tom Perez are seen as the main contenders. (AP via MPR News)

5. The Homeland Security Department has drafted new guidelines aimed at detaining and deporting immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, according to a pair of memoranda signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly. The memos dated Friday seek to implement President Trump’s broad directive to crack down on illegal immigration. Kelly outlines plans to hire thousands of additional enforcement agents, expand on the priority list for immigrants marked for immediate removal and enlist local law enforcement to help make arrests. The memos leave in place one directive from the Obama administration, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows young people who were brought into the country illegally as children to stay and obtain work permits.  (AP)