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Louisiana's littering fines to rise under newly-signed bill

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's littering fines are doubling.

Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced Wednesday that the governor had signed the fine increase bill by Gonzales Rep. Johnny Berthelot, a Republican.

Fines for simple littering, which are $75 for a first offense and $500 for subsequent offenses, will instead be $150 and $1,000. Fines for intentional littering, which currently range from $250 to $1,250, will grow to anywhere from $500 to $2,500.

Fines for improperly disposing of larger litter, like furniture and appliances, also will double and could reach up to $10,000.

The changes take effect Aug. 1.

The new money is earmarked to pay down the debt of the retirement system of the law enforcement agency that issues the litter citation.

House Bill 33: www.legis.la.gov

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