senate Bill S2320

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Prohibits release of certain balloons

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Environmental Conservation Committee


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Jan 24, 2019 referred to environmental conservation

S2320 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§11-0331 & 71-0929, En Con L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
S7094

S2320 (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.

S2320 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S2320 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  2320

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 24, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. KAVANAGH -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee 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.
  § 2. The environmental conservation law is amended by adding  two  new
sections 11-0331 and 71-0929 to read as follows:
§ 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.
                                                           LBD02451-01-9

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