St. Louis county cities file suit challenging court fines
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St. Louis county cities file suit challenging court fines

Date: November 19, 2015
By: Melissa Zygowicz
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SCS SB 5

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A dozen towns in St. Louis county have filed suit against the new limit on city court fines saying its unfair to towns in the county.
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Wrap: The new law will limit the amount of revenue municipalities can keep from minor traffic violations.

The law's sponsor is St. Louis County Senator Eric Schmitt.

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Description: "My view is that this isn't a lawsuit against senate bill 5, this is a lawsuit against the people, especially the poor and disenfranchised. What makes it even more stunning is that it's filed by bureaucrats with tax payer money I might add who have turned on the very people they were elected to represent."
Schmitt's bill will limit towns in St. Louis county to derive more than 12.5 percent of it's operating revenue from court fines.

The limit for cities outside St. Louis county is 20 percent.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Melissa Zygowicz.

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A dozen towns in St. Louis county have filed a law suit against the new limit on city court fines saying its unfair to towns in the county.
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Wrap: Representative for the case David Pittinsky says it is unconstitutional to have a special law that sets a different rate for St. Louis county than other cities in the state.

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Description: "The bill imposes on the municipalities in St. Louis county and only the municipalities in St. Louis county. The obligation to not exceed 12.5 percent of their revenues in minor traffic fines while all the other municipalities in the 113 counties in MO have a limit of 20 percent."
The sponsor for the bill Senator Eric Schmitt says he is confident the bill be upheld in court.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Melissa Zygowicz.


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