assembly Bill A2160

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Prohibits release of certain balloons

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 05, 2012 reported referred to rules
Mar 06, 2012 reported referred to codes
Jan 04, 2012 referred to environmental conservation
Jun 14, 2011 ordered to third reading rules cal.208
rules report cal.208
reported
Jun 13, 2011 reported referred to rules
Mar 15, 2011 reported referred to codes
Jan 14, 2011 referred to environmental conservation

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A2160 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S2750
Current Committee:
Assembly Rules
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยงยง11-0331 & 71-0929, En Con L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A709, S869
2013-2014: A1045
2015-2016: A5791
2017-2018: A1832

A2160 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Prohibits the outdoor release of 25 or more balloons inflated with a gas that is lighter than air within a 24 hour period in order to reduce litter and protect the marine environment; makes related provisions for enforcement and for certain exceptions.

A2160 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2160

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 14, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. KAVANAGH -- read once and referred to the Commit-
  tee on Environmental Conservation

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  environmental  conservation law, in relation to
  prohibiting the release of certain balloons

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Legislative  findings.  The  legislature  finds  that the
release of large quantities of helium-filled balloons result  in  litter
on  land  and  at  sea;  that sea mammals and other marine life die upon
ingesting deflated balloons; that growing  public  awareness  concerning
pollution  has  had  the  salutary effect of causing the cancellation of
several celebratory and promotional launches of balloons; and that plac-
ing statutory limitations on  the  quantity  of  balloons  that  may  be
launched will reduce litter and protect the ocean environment, and is in
the public interest.
  S  2.  The environmental conservation law is amended by adding two new
sections 11-0331 and 71-0929 to read as follows:
S 11-0331. RELEASE OF CERTAIN BALLOONS PROHIBITED.
  1. NO BUSINESS, FIRM, CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION  SHALL  KNOWINGLY  OR
INTENTIONALLY  RELEASE  OR  CAUSE  TO  BE RELEASED AT ANY SINGLE OUTDOOR
CELEBRATION, PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITY, SPORTING OR OTHER PUBLIC EVENT WITHIN
A TWENTY-FOUR HOUR PERIOD MORE THAN  TWENTY-FIVE  BALLOONS  FILLED  WITH
HELIUM  OR  OTHER SUBSTANCE WHICH CAUSES THE BALLOON TO RISE OR FLOAT IN
THE ATMOSPHERE. THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO:
  (A) BALLOONS WHICH ARE USED FOR THE  PURPOSE  OF  CARRYING  SCIENTIFIC
INSTRUMENTATION  DURING  THE  PERFORMANCE  OF  AN  EXPERIMENT OR TESTING
PROCEDURE OR BY A PERSON ON BEHALF OF A GOVERNMENTAL AGENCY OR  PURSUANT
TO A GOVERNMENTAL CONTRACT FOR SCIENTIFIC OR METEOROLOGICAL PURPOSES;
  (B) HOT AIR BALLOONS THAT ARE RECOVERED AFTER LAUNCHING;
  (C) BALLOONS RELEASED INDOORS.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00936-01-1