Senate Bill #38 (2021)

AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- BALLOONS

Prohibits the release of balloons inflated with lighter-than-air gas.

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  • 2021 – S 0038
  • 2021 – S 0038 SUBSTITUTE A AS AMENDED
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  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2021
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – BALLOONS
  • Introduced By: Senators Sosnowski, Ruggerio, McCaffrey, Coyne, and Euer
  • Date Introduced: January 19, 2021
  • Referred To: Senate Environment & Agriculture
  • It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. The Public Laws are amended so as to state the policy of the State of Rhode Island with regard to the release of balloons.
  • (a) Legislative findings:
  • (1) It is hereby found and declared as follows:
  • (i) That the release of balloons inflated with lighter-than-air gases pose a danger and nuisance to the environment, particularly to wildlife and marine animals;
  • (ii) That many animals are attracted to the bright colors of balloons and mistake them for food which may cause an animal severe injury or death;
  • (iii) That many animals have become entangled in balloon strings and are injured or strangled to death as a result thereof.
  • (b) The general assembly has determined that prohibiting the release of balloons inflated with lighter-than-air gases, statewide, is the most effective means of achieving a significant reduction in balloon debris and the environmental harm this debris causes.
  • SECTION 2. Title 23 of the General Laws entitled "HEALTH AND SAFETY" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following chapter:
  • SECTION 1. Title 23 of the General Laws entitled "HEALTH AND SAFETY" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following chapter:
  • CHAPTER 95
  • PROHIBITED RELEASE OF BALLOONS
  • 23-95-1. Legislative findings.
  • (a) It is hereby found and declared as follows:
  • (1) That the release of balloons inflated with lighter-than-air gases pose a danger and nuisance to the environment, particularly to wildlife and marine animals;
  • (2) That many animals are attracted to the bright colors of balloons and mistake them for food which may cause an animal severe injury or death;
  • (3) That many animals have become entangled in balloon strings and are injured or strangled to death as a result thereof.
  • (b) The general assembly has determined that prohibiting the release of balloons inflated with lighter-than-air gases, statewide, is the most effective means of achieving a significant reduction in balloon debris and the environmental harm this debris causes.
  • 23-95-1. Prohibited practices.
  • (a) No person or entity shall intentionally release, intentionally organize the release of, or otherwise intentionally cause the release of a balloon inflated with a gas that is lighter than air, except for:
  • (a) No person or entity shall intentionally release, intentionally organize the release of, or otherwise intentionally cause the simultaneous release of ten (10) or more balloons inflated with a gas that is lighter than air, except for:
  • (1) A balloon released for scientific or meteorological purposes, on behalf of a governmental agency or pursuant to a governmental contract;
  • (2) A hot air balloon that is recovered after launching; or
  • (3) A balloon that is released and remains indoors.
  • 23-95-2. Penalties.
  • Any person or entity who violates this section shall be subject to a civil penalty of up to five hundred dollars ($500) for each offense. The release of multiple balloons at one time shall be considered a single offense for the purposes of this section.
  • Any person or entity who violates this section shall be subject to a civil penalty of one hundred dollars ($100) for a first offense and up to two hundred fifty dollars ($250) for a second or subsequent offense.
  • 23-95-3. Regulations.
  • The department of environmental management shall promulgate rules and regulations as may be necessary to implement and carry out the provisions of this chapter.
  • SECTION 3. This act shall take effect on January 1, 2022.
  • SECTION 2. This act shall take effect on November 1, 2021.
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  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – BALLOONS
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  • This act would prohibit the intentional release of a balloon inflated with lighter-than-air gas. The prohibition would not apply to: a balloon released for scientific or metrological purposes on behalf of a governmental agency or pursuant to a governmental contract; a hot air balloon that is recovered after launching; or a balloon that is released and remains indoors. A person or entity that violates this provision would be subject to a civil penalty of up to five hundred dollars ($500) for each offense. The release of multiple balloons at one time would be considereda single offense.
  • This act would take effect on January 1, 2022. ======== LC000423 ========
  • This act would prohibit the intentional simultaneous release of ten (10) or more balloons inflated with lighter-than-air gas. The prohibition would not apply to: a balloon released for scientific or metrological purposes on behalf of a governmental agency or pursuant to a governmental contract; a hot air balloon that is recovered after launching; or a balloon that is released and remains indoors. A person or entity who violates this provision would be subject to a civil penalty of one hundred dollars ($100) for a first offense and up to two hundred fifty dollars ($250) for a second or subsequent offense.
  • This act would take effect on November 1, 2021. ======== LC000423/SUB A ========

Votes

NOTE: Electronic voting records are unofficial and may not be accurate. For an official vote tally, check the House or Senate Journal from the day of the vote.

Floor vote for Passage

March 05, 2019 at 5:01pm
Yeas: 36 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 2 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Bell Y
Sen. Cano Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Conley Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Crowley Y
Sen. Cruz Y
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Euer Y
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Gallo Y
Sen. Goldin Y
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Lawson Y
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Lynch Prata Y
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. McKenney Y
Sen. Metts NV
Sen. Miller NV
Sen. Morgan Y
Sen. Murray Y
Sen. Nesselbush Y
Sen. Paolino Y
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis Y
Sen. Rogers Y
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Satchell Y
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sheehan Y
Sen. Sosnowski Y
Sen. Valverde Y

Floor vote for PASSAGE IN CONCURRENCE

April 02, 2019 at 4:50pm
Yeas: 70 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 5 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Rep. Abney Y
Rep. Ackerman Y
Rep. Ajello Y
Rep. Almeida Y
Rep. Alzate NV
Rep. Amore Y
Rep. Azzinaro Y
Rep. Barros Y
Rep. Bennett Y
Rep. Blazejewski Y
Rep. Caldwell Y
Rep. Canario Y
Rep. Carson Y
Rep. Casey Y
Rep. Casimiro Y
Rep. Cassar Y
Rep. Chippendale Y
Rep. Cortvriend Y
Rep. Corvese Y
Rep. Costantino Y
Rep. Craven Y
Rep. Diaz Y
Rep. Donovan Y
Rep. Edwards Y
Rep. Fellela Y
Rep. Filippi Y
Rep. Fogarty Y
Rep. Handy Y
Rep. Hawkins Y
Rep. Hull Y
Rep. Jackson Y
Rep. Jacquard Y
Rep. Johnston Y
Rep. Kazarian Y
Rep. Kennedy Y
Rep. Kislak Y
Rep. Knight Y
Rep. Lima NV
Rep. Lombardi Y
Rep. Lyle Y
Rep. Maldonado NV
Rep. Marszalkowski Y
Rep. Mattiello Y
Rep. McEntee Y
Rep. McKiernan Y
Rep. McLaughlin Y
Rep. McNamara Y
Rep. Mendez Y
Rep. Messier Y
Rep. Millea Y
Rep. Morin Y
Rep. Nardone Y
Rep. Newberry Y
Rep. Noret Y
Rep. O'Brien Y
Rep. Phillips Y
Rep. Place Y
Rep. Price Y
Rep. Quattrocchi Y
Rep. Ranglin-Vassell Y
Rep. Roberts Y
Rep. Ruggiero Y
Rep. Serodio Y
Rep. Serpa Y
Rep. Shanley Y
Rep. Shekarchi Y
Rep. Slater Y
Rep. Solomon Y
Rep. Speakman Y
Rep. Tanzi Y
Rep. Tobon Y
Rep. Ucci Y
Rep. Vella-Wilkinson NV
Rep. Walsh NV
Rep. Williams Y

Floor vote for Passage Approval of Amendment

June 30, 2021 at 5:47pm
Yeas: 31 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 7 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Acosta Y
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Anderson Y
Sen. Archambault NV
Sen. Bell Y
Sen. Burke Y
Sen. Calkin NV
Sen. Cano Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Coyne NV
Sen. Cruz Y
Sen. DiMario Y
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Euer Y
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Gallo NV
Sen. Goldin NV
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Kallman Y
Sen. Lawson Y
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Mack Y
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. Mendes Y
Sen. Miller Y
Sen. Morgan Y
Sen. Murray Y
Sen. Paolino NV
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis Y
Sen. Rogers Y
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sosnowski NV
Sen. Valverde Y

Floor vote for Passage Passage as Amended

June 30, 2021 at 5:48pm
Yeas: 33 / Nays: 2 / Not voting: 3 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Acosta Y
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Anderson Y
Sen. Archambault NV
Sen. Bell Y
Sen. Burke Y
Sen. Calkin Y
Sen. Cano Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Cruz N
Sen. DiMario Y
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Euer Y
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Gallo Y
Sen. Goldin NV
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Kallman Y
Sen. Lawson Y
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Mack Y
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. Mendes Y
Sen. Miller Y
Sen. Morgan N
Sen. Murray Y
Sen. Paolino Y
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis Y
Sen. Rogers Y
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sosnowski Y
Sen. Valverde NV