Senate backs bill against cigarette butt littering
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers don't want to see cigarette butts on Louisiana's highways.
The Senate voted 35-2 Wednesday for a House-approved bill that allows the levying of fines against people who throw cigarettes out their car windows.
Under the bill by Marrero Rep. Pat Connick, a first offense for the intentional littering would carry a $300 fine and eight hours of community service in a litter cleanup program.
A second offense would cost $700 and require 16 hours of community service. On a third offense, violators could give up their driver's licenses for a year, pay a $1,500 fine and have to perform 80 hours of litter cleanup.
The proposal moves back to the House for approval of Senate changes, before reaching final passage.