House backs bill against cigarette butt littering

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 House Bill 1075 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.