Jefferson City, MO (KTRS) Attorney General Chris Koster says he will appeal the Cole County Circuit Court ruling on Senate Bill 5.
Koster made that announcement on Tuesday morning in response to a judge’s ruling on Monday that the legislation is unconstitutional because it limits St. Louis-area municipalities to less traffic ticket and court fine revenues than cities elsewhere in the state.
“SB 5 passed overwhelmingly with strong bipartisan support, to stop municipalities from abusing citizens through excessive ticketing practices. A municipality should not depend upon prosecuting its citizens in order to fund the cornerstone functions of government. We will appeal the circuit court’s ruling enjoining both the 12.5% cap for St. Louis County municipalities and the new standards for policing and budgetary issues.” said Koster.
The legislation was created following a scathing report by the Department of Justice on the city of Ferguson for abusive court practices.