New law doubles littering fines in Louisiana

New law doubles littering fines in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a bill into law Wednesday that will double the fines for littering in Louisiana.

HB 33 was authored by Rep. Johnny Berthelot, R-Gonzales. The higher fines go into effect on August 1.

Currently, a first offense for simple littering carries a fine of $75. The fine is $500 for any other offenses. Under the new law, the fines jump to $150 and $1,000.

The law also changes the fines for intentional littering. Those currently range from $250 to $1,250, but will be from $500 to $2,500 once the law takes effect.

Fines for improperly disposing things like furniture and appliances will double as well and could cost offenders up to $10,000.

According to Berthelot, the new law is an effort to keep the state beautiful.

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