SS/SCS/SB 572 - This act changes the definition for minor traffic violation to include traffic ordinance violations for which no points are assessed to a driver's driving record and amended charges for any minor traffic violation and adds a definition for municipal ordinance violations. Municipal ordinance violations and amended charges for municipal ordinance violations are added to the calculation limiting the percentage of annual general operating revenue that can come from fines and court costs for minor violations and to provisions regarding fines, imprisonment, and court costs in municipal court cases. Additionally, the maximum allowable fine for minor traffic violations and municipal ordinance violations has been lowered from three hundred dollars to two hundred dollars, regardless of penalties otherwise authorized by statute, and no court costs shall be charged to defendants found to be indigent. Municipal courts are also required to not charge defendants for costs associated with community service alternatives. Municipal ordinance violations are also added to municipal disincorporation provisions if a municipality fails to remit excess annual general operating revenue to the Department of Revenue for the county school fund and the disincorporation threshold has been lowered from sixty percent to a majority of participating voters. This act also specifies that the state is not liable for the debts of a municipality that is financially insolvent.


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