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Louisiana speed trap bill passes out of committee

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BATON ROUGE, La. (WBRZ) -

"I'm not against them writing tickets, I'm opposed to them funding a town off ticket writing."

Towns with "speed traps" were under the gun Monday. Lawmakers are targeting those towns that generate more than half of their revenue from tickets written by police.

"They write speeding tickets and it pays for police salary, the mayor, the council and city clerks" says Rep. Steve Plyant.

Representative Plyant is author of the bill and as a former sheriff, he wants to force towns to pay for and post signs warning drivers of the upcoming speed trap. And, he has support from some local lawmakers.

"Stops them for 5 mph over and the ticket is almost $300. That's injustice to our citizens" says Rep. Regina Barrow.

But not all think it's a good idea and see it as an unnecessary bill.

"I just hate to put that stigmatize Louisiana. We're admitting we've got traps there and really not fixing the problem" says Rep. Valarie Hodges.

The Louisiana Municipal Association also spoke out against the proposal before it ultimately passed out of committee.

"People who break the law have got to pay consequences because that's what society is built on" says Ronnie Harris of the Louisiana Municipal Association.

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