Release of balloons prohibited; civil penalty. (HB507)

Introduced By

Del. Nancy Guy (D-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Release of balloon prohibited; civil penalty. Prohibits any person, with certain exceptions, from knowingly releasing or causing to be released any balloon outdoors and provides that any person convicted of a violation shall be liable for a civil penalty of not less than $250 or more than $2,500, to be paid into the Litter Control and Recycling Fund. A court may, as an alternative to imposing the penalty, require the performance of at least 10 hours of community service in litter abatement activities. Current law prohibits a person from releasing 50 or more balloons within an hour and sets the civil penalty at $5 per balloon, with the proceeds deposited into the Lifetime Hunting and Fishing Endowment Fund. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/04/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102800D
01/04/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/14/2020Assigned ACNR sub: Natural Resources
01/17/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB507)
01/31/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/31/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (4-Y 0-N)
02/05/2020Failed to report (defeated) in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (10-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)

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