Missouri lawmakers vote to lower traffic ticket fines

1 year 1 week 4 days ago May 12, 2016 May 12, 2016 Thursday, May 12 2016 Thursday, May 12, 2016 6:16:54 PM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Legislature has lowered the maximum fines that cities can charge for traffic tickets and ordinance violations.

The House passed the lower caps Thursday on a 98-46 vote. The Senate approved the legislation Tuesday 30-0, and now it goes to the governor.

The bill would lower the cap on traffic ticket fines from $300 to $225.

It would also limit fines for ordinance violations, such as poorly maintained property. The first violation would be limited to $200, and it would increase to $450 for the fourth offense.

The bill addresses concerns raised after the fatal police shooting of black 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson.

That 2014 incident didn't involve a traffic stop, but protesters pointed to excessive citations as evidence of police harassment in predominantly black communities.

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