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Kids vs. business in fight over SC balloon bill

Jan 24, 2011 10:07:00 AM - thestate.com
The latest battle lines in the South Carolina General Assembly don't seem to be Republican vs. Democrat, but rather the school kids against The Balloon Council.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports the council is a group of balloon companies fighting proposed restrictions on the release of gas-filled latex balloons.

The Junior Wildlife Protectors in the fifth grade at Belton Elementary School in Belton, S.C., first proposed restrictions saying pieces of balloons can kill endangered loggerhead sea turtles, the state reptile, and other wildlife after being eaten.

The students wrote lawmakers and used a public service television ad and newspapers to ask people to contact their legislators.

"We really don't want our state reptile to be endangered or extinct. We want to save our wildlife," said fifth-grader Samantha Hardin of the effort also supported by the South Carolina Aquarium, which operates a sea turtle hospital.