I almost missed this. Thanks to Sev, my letter didn't end up in the trash with the junk mail. It does bother me that I didn't hear about this in November, but anyway, here it is:
OAC 1301:7-7-33 [Effective 11/1/2011] Explosives and fireworks
(S) Section 3319 Requirements for an exhibitor’s license
(1) 3319.1 Categories of exhibitor licenses. No person shall conduct a fireworks exhibition or flame effects exhibition in this state without a license issued by the state fire marshal. There shall be three categories of exhibitor licenses:
(a) A licensed exhibitor of outdoor/indoor fireworks (Type I).
(b) A licensed exhibitor of indoor fireworks (Type II).
(c) A licensed exhibitor of flame effects (Type III).
(5) 3319.5 Fees for application. Application fees for exhibitors are nonrefundable. The application fee is forfeited to the state fire marshal when the applicant fails to meet the requirements of Chapter 3743. of the Revised Code or the “Ohio Fire Code, ” when an applicant fails to achieve a passing grade on any examination, or when an applicant fails to reapply for a repeat examination. The fee under such circumstances shall be deemed necessary for the processing of the application, and the administering of the examination of the applicant. Said fee shall be deposited into the state fire marshal’s rotary fund. The state fire marshal shall also assess the applicant any fee charged by the superintendent of the bureau of criminal identification and investigation for the results of a background check.
This basically means two things for us: (1) Licensed Fireworks Exhibitors (NFPA 1123) have until January 31st, 2013 to acquire their Indoor/Proximate (NFPA 1126) license. (2) The state is now charging $24 for background checks. This goes for the exhibitor and all of his employees/registered assistants. So the price of registering an assistant just doubled. CCW, BATFE License/Permit and TSA clearances are still acceptable substitutes for the background check, if they are three years old or newer..
EDIT: To clarify, the 1126 is not optional. It means get the 1126 (thus a Type I License), or forfeit the 1123.