BOSTON (CBS) – State lawmakers are considering a bill to ban the sale and use of all balloons in Massachusetts.
“The sale, distribution and release of any type of balloon, including, but not limited to, plastic, latex or mylar, filled with any type of lighter than air gas, both for public or private use, is hereby prohibited,” the bill sponsored by Rep. Sarah Peake, D-Provincetown, states. Violators would be fined up to $100.READ MORE: Acadia National Park In Maine On Track For A Record Year
A hearing was held on the proposal Tuesday.READ MORE: Bill To Scrap MCAS Test Is Subject Of Virtual Public Hearing
According to WesternMassNews.com, supporters of the bill say balloons can be deadly for animals and bad for the environment. But opponents said the proposed measure would hurt businesses.MORE NEWS: Keller @ Large: Mayoral Candidate Michelle Wu Says Boston 'Can't Afford To Just Nibble Around The Edges Of The Status Quo'
Earlier this year, the town of Orleans debated a balloon ban. Chatham, Nantucket and Block Island have already enacted balloon bans.