Regarding the Sale and Release or Abandonment of Balloons

Last updated: May 10, 2019

Details about this bill
Category: Environmental
Status: Defeated
Sponsor: Representative Mick Devin, House 51
Session: 129
Bill #: LD 937



UPDATE: Thanks to the Senate insisting on their Ought Not to Pass motion, the bill died in non-concurrence.

UPDATE: The bill has passed the House but was voted Ought Not to Pass in the Senate by a 23-12 vote.

UPDATE: The committee amended the bill to remove the retailer provisions, and they clarified that discarded balloons are litter and created fines for the intentional release of balloons by the number of balloons released. 


This bill amends the State's litter law to provide that a person who releases or abandons a balloon outdoors is subject to penalties under that law regarding the waste materials resulting from that release or abandonment. It also requires a seller of balloons to register with the Department of Environmental Protection and to display in a conspicuous place at each purchase counter warning information developed by the department concerning the risks to the environment and to wildlife posed by waste materials resulting from the outdoor release of balloons; the choking and suffocation risks to children posed by the unsupervised use of balloons; the risks to individuals with latex allergies posed by exposure to balloons made wholly or partly from latex; and the penalties for littering resulting from the outdoor release of balloons that may be imposed by the State's litter laws.

The intent of this legislation is to prevent the release into the environment of balloons that pose a danger and a nuisance to the environment, particularly to wildlife and marine animals, and that cause hardship for the municipalities that must clean up the debris from balloons.