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Apr 7, 2014 5:26 PM by AP

House backs bill against cigarette butt littering

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Smoking in your car? Lawmakers want you to use your ashtray, not the highway to dispose of those cigarette butts.

The state House of Representatives voted 95-1 Monday to levy fines against people who throw cigarettes out of their car windows.

Under the bill by Marrero Rep. Pat Connick, a first offense for the intentional littering would carry a $300 fine and eight hours of community service in a litter cleanup program.

A second offense would cost $700 and require 16 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 80 hours of litter cleanup time.

The proposal moves to the Senate for consideration.

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