BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana’s litter fines will be lowered, under a bill headed to the governor’s desk.

Rep. Johnny Berthelot, a Gonzales Republican, says a doubling of penalties he sponsored in 2015 caused unintended consequences, triggering jury trial provisions that made enforcement less likely.

Under the planned changes, fines for simple littering and intentional littering on second offenses will drop from $1,000 to $900. Community service requirements will grow from 16 hours to 20 hours.

The fine for a first offense of dumping larger items like furniture, appliances and tires will shrink from as much as $2,000 to $900, but the community service penalty will increase from 8 hours to 16 hours.

The Senate gave final passage to the bill Thursday with a 36-0 vote.


House Bill 77: www.legis.la.gov