Bill would allow violators to pay back just the tolls they owe and skip the late penalties
Even though voters have rejected a 20-year extension of tolls on the Crescent City Connection, toll violators would still be on the hook to pay back what they owe under an amended bill passed by a state House committee Monday.
The House Transportation Committee approved a set of amendments to a bill by Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, that would require the state Dept. of Transportation to conduct an amnesty program for persons alleged to have committed toll violations prior to January 1, 2013.
Toll violators would be allowed to pay back just the tolls they owe and not the penalty. The late fee would be waived.
The amnesty program would begin no later than August 1, 2013 and end on October 1, 2013. At the end of the amnesty period, DOTD would hand over toll violatons to the attorney general's office or the Dept. of Revenue for collections.
The committee also approved a bill authorizing "I'm a Cajun" on driver's license and identification cards.