Charging that helium-filled foil balloons caused more than 800 power outages in California last year, a state legislator is pushing a bill to ban them. Once aloft, the balloons can hit and then short-circuit power lines.
The measure cleared the state Senate and is being considered today in the Assembly.
The balloon industry--already buffeted by rising helium costs--is fighting back, saying such a ban would cost the state $80 million in lost sales tax revenue and 20,000 jobs.
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