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Mr. Hagen was irritated by the fact Maryland doesn’t consider balloon releases “littering”. The law only addresses objects on the ground, it is silent on objects in the sky. (Maryland Annotated Code – Criminal Law Section 10-110 - Litter Control Law.) Objects floating in the sky aren’t addressed because they can’t be enforced. There is no way to know, when or where the object that went up, came down.
Balloon releases are “symbolic speech” just like flag burning which is protected by the First Amendment of United States Constitution. The Supreme Court has upheld that freedom of speech protects actions that society finds offensive. As offensive as Councilman Kai Hagen may find the release of helium filled balloons that doesn’t trump our right to freedom of expression.