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Throwing a cigarette butt out your car window could get you a hefty fine, if lawmakers agree to a proposal that received unanimous backing Wednesday.

 

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Throwing a cigarette butt out your car window could get you a hefty fine, if lawmakers agree to a proposal that received the unanimous backing of the House natural resources committee Wednesday.

The bill (House Bill 910) by Rep. Pat Connick, R-Marrero, would add cigarettes and cigarette butts to the definition of litter in Louisiana law and make it subject to penalties for intentional littering.

A first offense would carry a $300 fine and 16 hours of community service in a litter cleanup program. A second offense would cost $700 and require 32 hours of community service. On a third offense, violators could give up their driver's licenses for a year, pay a $1,500 fine and have to perform 160 hours of litter cleanup time.

The measure moves next to the full House for consideration.

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