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Legislature: Cigarette butt litter bill passes in House

Last Modified: Tuesday, April 08, 2014 1:10 PM

By Jim Beam / American Press

BATON ROUGE — Members of the House had a few laughs here Monday while debating a bill adding cigarettes and cigarette butts to the definition of litter.

House Bill 1075 by Rep. Patrick Connick, R-Marrero, passed 95-1, but not before a handful of lawmakers engaged in a play on words.

“Is this bill designed to keep butts in the car?” asked Rep. Thomas Carmody, R-Shreveport. “It sounds like a good bill.”

Rep. Steve Pylant, R-Winnsboro, a former sheriff, wanted to know what a police officer would be expected to do if he saw someone throw a butt out of the car.

“How will he identify it as their butt,” Pylant asked. “Will he have to do a DNA test?”

Enough jokes, Connick said.

“Everybody knows we have a litter problem in this state.

Speaker of the House Chuck Kleckley, R-Lake Charles, then called for “final passage of the butt bill.”

The measure passed 95-1 and heads to the Senate. Rep. James Armes, D-Leesville, cast the lone no vote.

Connick’s legislation calls for a fine of $300 and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement program for a first offense.

A second offense would be a fine from $500 to $700 and 16 hours of community service.

The third offense fine would be from $1,250 to $1,500, 80 hours of community service and suspension of a driver’s license for one year.

Posted By: Chris On: 4/9/2014

Title: What took so long?

Anyone who opposes this law must be a littering smoker.
All smokers litter their butts sooner or later. They don't even understand that it's considered litter, because to them it's just part of their self destructive habit to just drop their trash anywhere that is convenient for them. This law is great news and hopefully the scare factor the smokers need to stop trashing there own city and state lands.

Posted By: Jess On: 4/8/2014

Title: Wow...

Suspension of license? Too extreme.

Posted By: Arthur James On: 4/8/2014

Title: house Bill 1075

Why waste valuable time on petty stuff like this, when there are many more important things our government should be concerned about? The fines mentioned in this piece of legislation is unreal and should never have been proposed for consideration. We have enough unnecessary, of-the-cuff, laws on the books already.

Posted By: Dee On: 4/8/2014

Title: Really??

I know they mean well, BUTT.......

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