Balloon Release Prohibition

During the 2021 legislative session, Senate Bill 716/House Bill 391 (2021 Md. Laws Ch. 610) was passed, which created a new law, § 9-2301 of the Environment Article, Annotated Code of Maryland. Under the law, effective October 1, 2021, a person may not knowingly and intentionally release or cause a balloon to be released into the atmosphere, and a person may not organize or participate in a mass balloon release.

Factsheet: Prohibition on Releasing a Balloon into the Atmosphere

Maryland State Legislature Regular Session 2020, HB 391 / SB 716

Prohibiting a person who is at least 13 years old, a corporation, a partnership, an association, a nonprofit entity, the State, or any unit or political subdivision of the State from knowingly and intentionally releasing, or causing to be released, a balloon into the atmosphere; prohibiting a person from organizing or participating in a mass balloon release; requiring a person who violates the Act to perform 6 hours of community service or watch a video on environmental damage or both; establishing a $100 civil penalty; etc.

Section 9-2301 of the Environment Article, Annotated Code of Maryland.

Maryland House Bill 390 - Senate Bill 716

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