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Senate backs bill against cigarette butt littering

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Posted: Apr 30, 2014 5:01 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: cigarette butts, littering, highway, louisiana legislature

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.

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