Senate committee backs bill against cigarette butt littering - KLFY News 10

Senate committee backs bill against cigarette butt littering


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A proposal to levy fines against people who throw cigarettes out their car windows continues to speed to final legislative passage.

The bill (House Bill 1075) by Rep. Pat Connick, R-Marrero, already has the backing of the House. On Tuesday, it received the unanimous support of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.

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 time.

The proposal moves next to the full Senate for debate.

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