A bill supported by Mayor Stephanie-Rawlings Blake that would increase the penalties for illegal dumping passed the House Thursday and moved to the Senate.
The House voted 125-8 to increase the maximum jail term for dumping loads of 100 to 500 pounds to three years when it is not done for commercial gain. The current maximum penalty is one year and a $12,500 fine. The maximum for amounts over 500 pounds or any dumping for commercial gain is five years and a $30,000 fine.
The measure also would also allow the Motor Vehicle Administration to impose two to five points – depending on the size of the load — against the license of a driver who uses a motor vehicle to carry out illegal dumping.