Balloon Release Ban Bill

SUPPORT SB2781


Help pass SB2781 banning balloon releases statewide!

A bill to ban balloon releases statewide: SB2781 introduced by Senator Gabbard, is being heard by the Senate Committee on Agriculture and the Environment on Wednesday, 5th February, 2020 at 1:30PM at the Hawai`i State Capitol. This is the first public hearing of this bill. Click here for the agenda.

Please support this effort to ban balloon releases by submitting testimony by Tues. 4th Feb. 1:30pm (24hrs ahead of the hearing) and if possible, come to the Capitol (room 224) on Wed 5th February to give oral testimony. It's very important as this is the first hearing of this bill to show how much support there is for banning balloon releases.

Submitting testimony is easy and will only take 5 minutes. First register (top right corner) at:
capitol.hawaii.gov

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

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)




SAMPLE TESTIMONY:
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 Gabbard & AEN Committee Members
From:
(your first and last name)
Re: SB2781 Relating to Litter Control
Hearing: Wednesday February 5th, 2020 at 1:30pm in Conference room 224
Committee: Agriculture & Environment

Aloha Chair Gabbard and Members of the Committee on Agriculture and the Environment,

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.

Mahalo,
(your name).













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