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Litter (Increased Infringement Fee) Amendment Bill

Introduced March 22. A member’s bill in the name Scott Simpson, it amends the Litter Act by increasing the maximum fine for an infringement offence from $400 to $1,000. Completed first reading on May 2 with just NZ First opposed arguing it was ineffectual. Ministers indicated they would like it to be a vehicle for a wider look at the Act and dumping laws. Referred to the Environment Committee. Reported back on Nov 2 with a large number of changes  but keeping the increasing in fine. Voted down at second reading by Labour, Greens and NZ first on March 6 they argued the fine was out of proportion and did not address wider issues with the Litter Act and wider waste issues. Litter (Increased Infringement Fee) Amendment Bill