Maryland Senate OKs ban on releasing balloons into the sky

Bills that aim to protect the environment by banning the intentional release of balloons into the air in Maryland have passed in both chambers of the General Assembly.(Getty Images/iStockphoto/twpixels)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate has approved a measure that would create a statewide ban on the intentional release of balloons into the atmosphere.

The Senate voted 38-3 on Tuesday for the measure. The bill creates a civil penalty of up to $250 per violation by an organization or a person who is at least 13 years old. Supporters of the measure say it’s needed to stop littering.

Last year, researchers in Virginia released a study about the local problem of balloon litter in the marine environment. In August, Queen Anne’s County became the first county in Maryland to ban the intentional release of non-biodegradable balloons.

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