SAN DIEGO-- The skirmish in the legal battle over Fourth of July fireworks show in La Jolla took place in Sacramento.
The California State Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would allow La Jolla to host one firework show every year, without conducting extensive environmental reviews.
However, the bill may stall out in the state Assembly because it doesn’t apply to ongoing legal cases.
The San Diego Chamber of Commerce and State Senator Juan Vargas are original supporters of the bill, but they say the bill is too specific.
"It's a much different piece of legislation and one that we frankly cannot support," Robert Howard said.
Howard is the attorney representing the La Jolla Community Fireworks Foundation.
"This legislation basically eliminates the La Jolla fireworks show from benefitting from the legislation," Howard said. "So the one event that has actually been sued does not get any benefit from this legislation."
Supporters originally pushed for the bill because of a previous court ruling that required all events with a city permit to do an extensive environmental review.
On the other side of the issue, environmental activists said it should have never reached Sacramento.
"When this got to the state level people realized this is not a statewide issue, this is very specific to San Diego," said Marco Gonzalez, an environmental attorney. "Nobody has ever challenged a farmer’s market, a company picnic, or any of the other things they’re using to say the sky is falling."
The current fireworks bill is headed for the state assembly, but without the original support it doesn’t look good.
There’s a hearing scheduled on two of the pending lawsuits June 14, but it could take years before there is any resolution.
"It will stop when a judge or a court of appeals says enough is enough," Howard said. "In the meantime the fireworks show will go on July 4th."