Thursday, February 7, 2019

The Balloon Police

No balloons for you:
House Bill 183, which was proposed by Rep. Mary Lou Marzian (D) Tuesday, states that "no person shall knowingly release or launch into the atmosphere more than twenty-five plastic balloons filled with gas that is lighter than air during a twenty-four hour period." Hot air balloons and balloons released indoors would be exempt.

Violators "shall be subject to a civil penalty of $100 per day for the first and all subsequent offenses."

Balloons have already been banned altogether in the city of Louisville since 2003, but law enforcement officials have been reluctant to enforce the law, according to the Courier-Journal.

The prohibition was spearheaded by animal rights activists, and the ordinance warns that runaway helium-filled balloons "are carried east by prevailing winds and burst over the Atlantic Ocean where they have been eaten by dolphins, sea turtles, seabirds and migratory waterfowl, sometimes resulting in the death of such animals by (an) intentional blockage."
More hot air, but not for balloons...

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