Missouri bill targets municipal courts after Ferguson

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[17/26] The manager of Ferguson Market and Liquor, Bianca Patel, boarded up the store again last week in case of trouble when the grand jury decision comes out. Business has been slow, she said.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Mayors of several small Missouri cities are defending their enforcement of traffic laws to state lawmakers considering new limits on how much money cities can get from traffic fines.

A Senate committee heard testimony Wednesday on legislation that would lower the portion of general revenue cities can get from traffic violations from 30 percent to 10 percent.

Mayor Monica Huddleston of Greendale says her city enforces traffic laws to protect residents.

Proponents of the measure say it could help address tensions that surfaced in Ferguson after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.

Former St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch says traffic fines and excessive ticketing have ruined the relationship between the police and community.

The Senate committee did not vote on the measure.

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