The House on Wednesday passed a bill that would prevent local police from using traffic-ticket quotas, readying the measure to go to Gov. Rick Scott.

House members voted 116-1 to approve the bill (SB 264), which also was passed by the Senate earlier in the month.

The proposal stems from a longstanding speed trap in the small Alachua County town of Waldo, which is along U.S. 301. The town's police department disbanded last year, at least in part because officers disclosed they had been placed under a ticket quota.

State law-enforcement agencies are already barred from using ticket quotas, but restrictions on cities and counties have not been so clear.

The bill would extend the prohibition to those local governments. Also, the bill would require individual local governments to submit reports to the Legislature if traffic-ticket revenues cover more than 33 percent of the costs of operating their law-enforcement agencies.

From our media partner News Service of Florida


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