Balloons; release of nonbiodegradable balloons outdoors prohibited, civil penalty. (HB2159)

Introduced By

Del. Nancy Guy (D-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patrons Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), and Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Release of balloon prohibited; civil penalty. Prohibits any individual 16 years of age or older or other person, including a corporation, from intentionally releasing, discarding, or causing to be released or discarded any nonbiodegradable balloon outdoors and provides that any person convicted of such violation is liable for a civil penalty of $25 per balloon, to be paid into the Game Protection Fund. The bill provides that if a person under the age of 16 releases a balloon at the instruction of an adult, the adult shall be liable for the civil penalty. Current law prohibits a person from knowingly releasing 50 or more such 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 »


03/30/2021: signed by governor


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102435D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/15/2021Assigned ACNR sub: Natural Resources
01/18/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2159)
01/20/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
01/20/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/20/2021Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendment(s) (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2021Read first time
01/22/2021Read second time
01/22/2021Committee amendments agreed to
01/22/2021Engrossed by House as amended HB2159E
01/22/2021Printed as engrossed 21102435D-E
01/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2159E)
01/25/2021Read third time and passed House (59-Y 40-N 1-A)
01/25/2021VOTE: Passage (59-Y 40-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/26/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
01/26/2021Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Read third time
02/18/2021Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Passed Senate (22-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2159ER)
02/22/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2159ER)
02/22/2021Signed by President
02/24/2021Signed by Speaker
02/25/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 25, 2021
02/25/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/30/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 420 (effective 7/1/21)
03/30/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0420)

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