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BATON ROUGE - The law requiring inspection stickers for boat trailers could soon be wiped off the books, though the Louisiana State Police oppose the measure.

State Representative Austin Badon (D-New Orleans) authored the bill, saying it would be one less thing to worry about.

"I'm saying let's cut our folks a break," Badon said. "You got to do car inspections, boat registration, hunting and fishing license, all have to be renewed every other month."

Current state law requires all boat trailers to have a valid inspection sticker. State Police said inspections of both boat and utility trailers bring in big money every year that they rely on.

"It's about $500,000 generation of revenue," said State Police Lt. Col. Charles Dupuy. "Money for both Department of Motor Vehicles and State Police. It's used in various programs across both departments."

But most importantly, State Police said it's a safety issue to ensure trailers are working properly and guarding against a tragic event. For instance, in 2012 a trailer broke loose and killed a man driving on I-10 in Ascension Parish.

"What we look for if safety compliance," Dupuy said. "We believe if people go get inspection stickers, they're more aware of how it's working."

The bill passed out of committee Tuesday and advances to the state House.



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