Help pass SB2781 banning balloon releases statewide!
A bill to ban balloon releases statewide: SB2781 introduced by Senator Gabbard, has successfully passed through 2 Senate committees as is and with all Senators supporting the bill. It is now in it's 2nd last committee hearing:
The Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection will hear SB 2781 on Tuesday March 17, 2020 at 9am, Conference Room 325. TESTIMONY IS DUE NOW!
Please support this effort to ban balloon releases by submitting testimony 24hrs ahead of the committee hearings and if possible, come to the State Capitol to testify. It's a good idea to prepare testimony and register on the Capitol website ahead of time as the meetings are only announced 3 days beforehand which gives just 2 days to put in testimony on time. You need to register in order to be able to submit testimony.
Submitting testimony is easy and will only take 5 minutes. First register (top right corner) at:
Next, click “Submit Testimony” button on the bill page (this page also has the PDF of the bill): http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2781&year=2020
Instructions for filling out online testimony form to support SB2781:
Testifying on behalf of - individual (only put organization if you are representing an organization)
Testifier position - SUPPORT
Select whether or not testifying at the hearing
Then either: upload a file with your testimony OR type your testimony in the comments box
Press next and your done!
(see screenshot below of what the online form looks like)
Please see below what to include if you are attaching testimony. If you don't have time, just fill out the basic info. and click "Support" and submit or add a quick comment such as please pass this bill, save our sea turtles etc. If you do have time, write something from the heart. Use the heading below to start your testimony.
IMPORTANT: Please do not copy and paste without removing the instructions (in red) or filling in the blanks. Thanks!
To: Chair _________ & _____________Committee Members
From: (your first and last name)
Re: SB2781 Relating to Litter Control
Hearing: ________March ____, 2020 at ______am in Conference room ____
Aloha Chair _________ and Members of the Committee on _________,
My name is _______________ (if a school student, put how old or what grade you are in) and I am a resident of _______________ (be specific where you live eg. Makiki, Manoa etc.). I am writing in strong support of SB2781 banning balloon releases.
(Write about why you think it is important to ban balloon releases such as saving sea turtles. Do you have first hand experience seeing people release balloons? or have found some on the beach? If so, please incude your experience in your testimony)
End with something like:
Please pass this bill as is. Thank you for this opportunity to provide written testimony in strong support of SB2781.