senate Bill S7985

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to prohibiting the release of balloons

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Environmental Conservation Committee


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Mar 06, 2020 referred to environmental conservation

S7985 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8522
Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add §11-0331, amd §71-0923, En Con L

S7985 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Prohibits the release of balloons with exceptions for manned hot air balloons, government-related experiments, and balloons released indoors.

S7985 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S7985 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  7985

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 6, 2020
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. LAVALLE -- 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 balloons

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

  Section 1.  Legislative findings. When balloons are released into  our
airspace,  balloon  debris  is  introduced  into our environment and our
ecosystem.  Like other plastics, balloon debris takes hundreds of  years
to degrade, resulting in the lasting and harmful pollution of our water-
ways,  beaches,  and  environment.  Balloon  debris is also particularly
harmful   to marine and wildlife,  commonly  causing  injury  and  death
through  ingestion  and  entanglement.  In addition, balloons can pose a
significant economic risk to boaters and the fishing industry by causing
potentially severe damage to boats, while mylar balloons  in  particular
can  also  threaten  utility  supply. It is necessary to curb the inten-
tional release of balloons in order to prevent the  wasting  of  natural
resources, the littering and pollution of our communities and waterways,
and the unnecessary harming of marine and wildlife.
  §  2.    The environmental conservation law is amended by adding a new
section 11-0331 to read as follows:
§ 11-0331. RELEASE OF CERTAIN BALLOONS PROHIBITED.
  1. NO PERSON SHALL KNOWINGLY RELEASE  OR  INTENTIONALLY  CAUSE  TO  BE
RELEASED  OUTDOORS  A BALLOON.   FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, "BALLOON"
SHALL REFER TO A FLEXIBLE, NONPOROUS  BAG  MADE  OF  MATERIALS  SUCH  AS
RUBBER,  LATEX,  POLYCHLOROPRENE  OR  NYLON FABRIC THAT CONTAINS HELIUM,
HYDROGEN, NITROUS OXIDE, OXYGEN, AIR OR WATER.
  2. 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 TEST OR BY A
PERSON ON BEHALF OF A GOVERNMENTAL AGENCY OR PURSUANT TO A  GOVERNMENTAL
CONTRACT FOR SCIENTIFIC OR METEOROLOGICAL PURPOSES;
  (B) MANNED HOT AIR BALLOONS; OR
  (C) BALLOONS RELEASED INDOORS.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

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