Ordinance violators could get community service over fines, jail time

By Rose Velazquez

BATON ROUGE — Rather than facing suffocating fines or the possibility of jail time, Louisiana residents who violate parish ordinances may be sentenced in the alternative to up to 200 hours of community service if House Bill 19 by Rep. Tanner Magee, R-Houma, is approved in the 2017 legislative session.

The current law sets the penalty for those who violate a parish ordinance at a maximum $500 fine and 30 days in a parish jail. HB19 would allow judges to use community service in place of – or in addition to — traditional penalties.

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