A Senate committee on Monday rejected a bill along party lines that would have prevented cities like Lafayette that use electronic traffic enforcement from resorting to hiring collection agencies to recoup unpaid fines, according to The Times-Picayune.

The Senate Committee on Transportation, Highways and Public Works voted 4-2 against Sen. J.P. Morrell’s Senate Bill 102. Morrell, a New Orleans Democrat, argues using collection agencies hurts drivers’ credit scores. Two Democrats voted in favor of the bill; the four Republicans on the committee voted against it. The bill, however, remains in committee where it can be heard again.

Morrell’s bill met stiff resistance from the outset: Lobbyists representing the cities of Baton Rouge and New Orleans, along with representatives of the state Police Jury Association and the Louisiana Municipal Association spoke against the bill.

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