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Missouri Lawmakers Vote to Lower Traffic Ticket Fines

Scott Davidson

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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