A major reform was announced for St. Louis County municipal courts regarding the way motorists will be treated who receive tickets.
In response to outrage over the patchwork quilt of small towns all charging different – and sometimes exorbitant – amounts for tickets, 80 local courts agree to a uniform fine schedule.
Co-chairs of the Ferguson Commission commend the legislative action.
State appeals judge Roy Richter introduced himself to defendants, first, by lowering many fines, putting them in line with what the state and county charge.
Schmitt’s bill would cut from 30 percent to 10 percent how much of a city’s budget can be financed by traffic fines.
More St. Louis County cities are facing a lawsuit from the state attorney general over traffic fine revenues.
All Missouri employers would be required to use a federal verification system to check employees’ legal resident status under legislation introduced Monday that’s aimed at curbing the number of immigrants working illegally in the state.
Municipal traffic courts across the city and county are taking in $65 million a year, and Dave Liepholtz with Better Together says for many, it’s getting old.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay wants to forgive 220,000 people in the city who failed to show up in court for non-violent misdemeanor cases, giviing them another chance.
Part of the healing process for Ferguson could be to wipe the legal slate clean for non-violent offenders in the community.