Missouri bill would further limit locality traffic ticket revenue

| 1/24/2006

A Missouri lawmaker has introduced a bill that would further limit the amount of total revenue a locality receives from traffic violations.

Existing state law allows a city, town or village to claim 45 percent of the revenue it receives from traffic fines. Any amount over that must be sent to the Missouri Department of Revenue.

Sponsored by Rep. Bob Nance, R-Excelsior Springs, the bill would reduce the amount to 35 percent of the annual generating operating revenue, including court costs.

Any locality that fails to send the excess revenue to the department “in a timely manner as determined by the department director” would result in the locality facing possible annual audits by the state auditor.

The bill – HB1134 – is in the House Judiciary Committee.