Bills to increase costs for people convicted of crimes won final legislative approval Sunday.
The state Senate voted 33-4 in favor of House Bill 110 and 32-5 in favor of House Bill 122.
HB110 would charge a $150 application to people on probation or parole who want to move outside Louisiana.
HB122 would charge defendants up to $150 for the pre-sentencing reports that provide judges with background information prior to sentencing.
State Sen. Karen Peterson, D-New Orleans, objected to the legislation, saying she is tired of the state taxing people who cannot afford to pay.
“We continue to tax students and people who are going to jail,” she said.
State Sen. J. P. Morrell, who handled the bills in the Senate, said HB122 would allow judges to decide how much a defendant could pay. Morrell, D-New Orleans, said the state gives more courtesy to inmates than to students.