Lawmakers look at new bill that would double littering fines

Lawmakers look at new bill that would double littering fines

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - At the State Capitol, a lawmaker wants to get tougher on litter bugs by passing a bill that will make people think twice the next time they litter.

State Representative Johnny Berthelot is the author of HB 33 which would double littering fines, meaning a simple littering fine of $75 will jump up to $150. He says the effort is all about keeping Louisiana beautiful.

"I, like many, many people who live in Louisiana, feel like the state is inundated with litter," said Berthelot, R-Gonzales. "It is every where you look. On highways, on byways, in our canals and in our streams."

Berthelot says he feels confident that the bill will pass. Most people agreed with the bill, others had some concerns.

"I don't think it's a bad thing. We need to keep our state looking nice and have a well represented state," said Whitney Marchand. "If you're littering, then you deserve to be fined."

"I don't litter any way, but I wouldn't raise anything," said Alexis Cannon. "I don't think the government needs any more money."

If passed, the bill could go in to effect July 1st.

"Don't litter. Bottom line, if you don't litter this bill doesn't affect you," said Berthelot.

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