With his signature, Gov. Bobby Jindal has raised the fines for violations to New Orleans' city ordinances. House Bill 789 (now Act 637) by state Rep. Helena Moreno, D-New Orleans, caps the fines at $1,000, doubling the current cap of $500. The law goes into effect Aug. 1.
While the law excludes fines for moving and parking violations, it could impact blight, noise and other quality-of-life violations.
Under the new law, first offenses will have a $500 cap, while second and other offenses will have the $1,000 cap. The measure received New Orleans City Council approval in March.