The fate of a bill that would lower the limit on how much revenue cities can generate from traffic tickets and fines may be decided today. Gov. Jay Nixon is scheduled to announce his decision on whether to sign or veto a change to the so-called Macks Creek law at an afternoon event in St. Louis.
The bill, SB 5, would lower the cap for such fines to 20 percent of municipal revenue in most of the state and 12.5 percent in St. Louis County. Under the current Macks Creek law, cities are allowed to generate up to 30 percent of their revenue from traffic infractions.
Some say the bill would address issues that came to light as a result of unrest last year in Ferguson, where a Department of Justice investigation determined that the police force and municipal court were motivated by profit, and not public safety, in some of their decisions.