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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Legislation that would ban police departments from issuing quotas on tickets has been approved in the Illinois Senate.

The Springfield State Journal-Register reports the bill prevents any law enforcement agency from requiring officers to write a certain number of traffic citations within a specific time period. Police officers also couldn’t be evaluated on the number of citations they issue.

The measure was drafted by Sen. Andy Manar, a Democrat from Bunker Hill.

It was approved Thursday on a 57-1 vote.

The lone vote against the bill came from Sen. Tim Bivins, a Republican who was once the sheriff in Lee County. He argues the legislation would give certain officers permission to slack off.

The measure now heads to the Illinois House.

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The bill is SB3411
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Information from: The State Journal-Register, http://www.sj-r.com

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