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Louisiana's littering fines to rise, under newly-signed bill

1 year 6 months 3 weeks ago July 02, 2015 Jul 2, 2015 Thursday, July 02 2015 July 02, 2015 9:19 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's littering fines are doubling.

Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced Wednesday that the governor had signed the fine increase bill by Gonzales Rep. Johnny Berthelot, a Republican.

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

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

The changes take effect Aug. 1.

The new money is earmarked to pay down the debt of the retirement system of the law enforcement agency that issues the litter citation.

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