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DeSantis Signs Bill Banning “Intentional Release” Of Balloons


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a new bill making it illegal to release balloons intentionally.

The bill made its way to DeSantis’ desk after lawmakers passed it to prevent balloons from washing up on state beaches.

Republican lawmaker Linda Chaney, who sponsored the bill, said, “Our beaches are the greatest asset that Florida has, and not releasing a balloon is an easy way to protect our waterways and our wildlife.”

“A released balloon is damaging, and there’s nothing good about it,” added Chaney.

Here’s what Fox News reported:

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill on Monday banning the “intentional release” of balloons in the state.

Lawmakers drafted the legislation to minimize the number of balloons floating over the coast and washing up on the state’s beaches. State Rep. Linda Chaney, a Republican who sponsored the bill, touted support from ocean conservation groups and cattle farmers alike.

“Our beaches are the greatest asset that Florida has, and not releasing a balloon is an easy way to protect our waterways and our wildlife,”
Chaney said. “A released balloon is damaging and there’s nothing good about it.”

Chaney said DeSantis had some concerns about the bill, however, namely that it would ramp up fines for Florida residents. His office was particularly concerned that the law could be used to fine children, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Per WPTV:

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill on Monday banning the intentional release of balloons.

House Bill 321 prohibits the release balloons and specifies that anyone who does so is subject to Florida Litter Law penalties.

The bill summary states: “The bill revises the penalties for intentionally releasing balloons by specifying that a person commits littering if they intentionally release, organize the release of, or intentionally cause to be released balloons inflated with a gas that is lighter than air.” The fine would be $150.



 

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