KS Bill Proposes Sweeping Traffic Fine Money From City Courts

A Senate committee is considering a bill that would require municipalities to give the state more of the money they receive from traffic tickets.

The measure would require cities to cough up any traffic ticket proceeds that exceed 10 percent of their annual revenues.

The bill before the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday also would require municipal courts to hand over 70 percent of all revenue they collect from traffic violations on highways.

All of the money from the municipalities would go into the state’s general fund. If a city refused to follow the new law, its municipal court would be temporarily shut down.

A long list of opponents of the bill waited to testify Wednesday, while no one spoke in favor.