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Missouri Senate Moves Toward Banning Traffic Ticket Quotas

Scott Davidson

The Missouri Senate has given initial approval to a ban on traffic ticket quotas.

Senators voted Wednesday to finalize the language of a bill forbidding law enforcement agencies or other government entities from requiring employees to write a certain number of citations. It would also prohibit supervisors from encouraging employees to write more tickets.

Bill sponsor Sen. Eric Schmitt said the number of tickets written per month shouldn't be a political decision. The St. Louis County Republican added that municipal courts still need more changes.

Democratic Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal said this was a good bill.

The bill still needs final approval in the Senate before going to the House.