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THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1. Section 653.1 of the Penal
Code is amended to read:
653.1. (a) No person shall sell or distribute any balloon that is
constructed of electrically conductive material, and filled with a
gas lighter than air without:
(1) Affixing an object of sufficient weight to the balloon or its
appurtenance to counter the lift capability of the balloon.
(2) Affixing a statement on the balloon, or ensuring that a
statement is so affixed, that warns the consumer about the risk if
the balloon comes in contact with electrical power lines.
(3) A printed identification of the manufacturer of the balloon.
(b) No person shall sell or distribute any balloon filled with a
gas lighter than air that is attached to an electrically conductive
string, tether, streamer, or other electrically conductive
appurtenance.
(c) No person shall sell or distribute any balloon that is
constructed of electrically conductive material and filled with a gas
lighter than air and that is attached to another balloon constructed
of electrically conductive material and filled with a gas lighter
than air.
(d) No person or group shall release, outdoors, balloons made of
electrically conductive material and filled with a gas lighter than
air, as part of a public or civic event, promotional activity, or
product advertisement.
(e) Any person who violates subdivision (a), (b), (c), or (d)
shall be guilty of an infraction punishable by a fine not exceeding
one hundred dollars ($100). Any person who violates subdivision (a),
(b), (c), or (d) who has been previously convicted twice of violating
subdivision (a), (b), (c), or (d) shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
(f) This section shall not apply to manned hot air balloons, or to
balloons used in governmental or scientific research projects.
(g) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1,
2010, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted
statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2010, deletes or extends
that date.
SEC. 2. Section 653.1 is added to the
Penal Code , to read:
653.1. (a) No person shall sell or distribute any balloon that is
constructed of electrically conductive material, and filled with a
gas lighter than air, or any balloon filled with a gas lighter than
air that is attached to an electrically conductive string, tether,
streamer, or other electrically conductive appurtenance.
(b) Any person who violates subdivision (a) shall be guilty of an
infraction punishable by a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars
($100). Any person who violates subdivision (a) who has been
previously convicted twice of violating subdivision (a), or of
subdivision (a), (b), (c), or (d) of this section as it read prior to
January 1, 2010, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
(c) This section shall not apply to manned hot air balloons, or to
balloons used in governmental or scientific research projects.
(d) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2010.
SEC. 3. No reimbursement is required by this act
pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California
Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local
agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a
new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or
changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of
Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a
crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the
California Constitution.
 

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I think it's awfully dumb, but...

I heard the reason they did this was that those mylar (shiny silver) balloons play hell with the power lines.

I'm not a line worker, but that makes sense.
 

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Seems like a lot of wasted money making stupid laws that make me want to punch law makers in the throat. :evil:
 

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lol balloon ban, they just don't know how to have any fun.
 

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Something in California water causes A-DUH!
 

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At least balloons are real. Here, we have outlawed killing Sasquatch. Meaning, our lawmakers sat down and hashed that issue out.

I'm still gonna smoke him.
 

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Well like they say, California is the land of fruits and nuts :eek:

Just wish my friends who live out there would move before that big shaker that will give beach front property to those who live in Nevada.
 

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:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
 
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