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Louisiana House agrees to double state littering fines

Louisiana House agrees to double state littering fines

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's littering fines will double, if the Senate agrees to a proposal that has received House passage.

The bill by Rep. Johnny Berthelot, a Gonzales Republican, would earmark the new money to pay down the debt of the retirement system of the law enforcement agency that issues the litter citation.

Under the bill, fines for simple littering, which are $75 for a first offense and $500 for subsequent offenses, would instead be $150 and $1,000. Fines for intentional littering, which currently range from $250 to $1,250, would grow to anywhere from $500 to $2,500.

Fines for improperly disposing of larger litter, like furniture and appliances, also would double and could reach up to $10,000.

The House voted 90-2 for the proposal Wednesday.

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