Legislature approves stronger ‘Peeping Tom’ penalties

The Louisiana Legislature has approved a bill that would make stronger penalties for repeat “Peeping Toms.”

The House and Senate agreed to House Bill 1037 on Monday, sending the legislation to Gov. Bobby Jindal for approval.

It would increase penalties from a maximum of $500 and up to six months in prison for any violation of the state’s “Peeping Tom” law to up to $750 and six years in prison on second violations and up to $1,000 and a year in prison for subsequent convictions.

The law identifies “Peeping Toms” as those who peep through windows or doors to spy and invade someone’s privacy. The Senate had sought to add drones to the legislation, but that language was struck from the final version of HB 1037.

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