Hill's bill would authorize increases in mayors' courts

BATON ROUGE, LA (KPLC) - Rep. Dorothy Sue Hill, D-Dry Creek, has filed a bill for the upcoming Legislative session in Baton Rouge that if approved, would authorize any mayor's court within certain municipalities to increase court costs.

Half of the additional costs collected would go to the 14th Judicial District's Indigent Defender Fund, under the bill.

House Bill 112, co-sponsored by Rep. Mike Danahay, D-Sulphur, would apply to the municipalities of DeQuincy, Iowa, Vinton and Westlake.

It would provide for additional court costs for violations of municipal ordinances and traffic violations in the mayor's courts, according to the proposal. The additional costs would not exceed $20 for each offense.

Present law authorizes a mayor to impose courts costs, not to exceed $30 for each offense on any defendant convicted of a violation of a municipal ordinance. If passed, the law would become "null and void" on Aug. 1, 2016, under the proposal.

The bill has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

The session begins April 8 in Baton Rouge.

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