JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster today announced he will appeal Monday’s Cole County Circuit Court ruling that struck down portions of Senate Bill 5.
The Missouri law that sets limits on the amount of money municipalities can raise through fines and court fees was struck down by the circuit court.
Sen. Eric Schmitt says he contacted Koster, urging him to appeal the ruling.
Koster released the following statement:
“SB 5 passed overwhelmingly with strong bipartisan support, to stop municipalities from abusing citizens through excessive ticketing practices. A municipality should not depend upon prosecuting its citizens in order to fund the cornerstone functions of government. We will appeal the circuit court’s ruling enjoining both the 12.5% cap for St. Louis County municipalities and the new standards for policing and budgetary issues.
SB 5 also lowered the cap for traffic-related revenue for all municipalities, from 30% to 20%. Under the circuit court’s ruling, this provision remains in effect.
We encourage all parties to continue to work together to achieve the important goals of municipal court reform to protect all Missourians.”
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