Houma lawmaker proposes alternative sentencing for minor offenses

By Rose Velazquez

BATON ROUGE — A Houma lawmaker has proposed a measure that would give judges a new option in sentencing people who violate parish ordinances.

Current law sets the penalty at a maximum $500 fine and 30 days in a parish jail.

House Bill 19, by state Rep. Tanner Magee, R-Houma, would allow judges to give a sentence of up to 200 hours of community service in place of – or in addition to — traditional penalties.

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