Mass balloon release ban considered in Maryland

OCEAN CITY, Md. – As we inch closer to the kick off of Maryland’s next legislative session, local lawmakers say they are taking this year to attempt to ban the mass release of balloons into the air.

The movement began in Queen Anne’s County, after becoming the first in the state last year, to ban the release of non-biodegradable balloons.

State Senator Mary Beth Carozza is co-sponsoring the bill this year.

Delegate Wayne Hartman is working to cross-sponsor the bill into the house, and we are told with this proposed bill violators could face a 250 dollar fine.

“The ultimate goal is not for a child on the boardwalk who who’s losing their balloon to be hunted down for releasing the balloon,” said Delegate Wayne Hartman.

“It’s to bring attention and to create awareness of the problems of balloons that have landed in the ocean, so it is about awareness,” said Hartman.

Hartman says the creation of this bill would not have been made possible without local environmental advocates urging lawmakers to support them on their mission.

He says this bill bans the mass release of both non-biodegradable and biodegradable balloons.

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