Missouri Senate passes bill limiting traffic fines
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The Missouri Senate has approved a bill that would cap fines for minor traffic violations, set minimum standards for cities and change municipal court procedures.
The proposal approved Wednesday is one of several seeking to address concerns raised by some residents in the St. Louis area following last year's fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer.
A federal Justice Department report found that Ferguson's municipal courts were used to generate money for the city.
The Missouri legislation would lower the percentage of revenue cities could get from traffic violations from 30 percent to 20 percent. Municipalities in St. Louis County would be subject to a 12.5 percent limit.
The measure now awaits a final vote in the House after passing the Senate 31-3.