March 14, 2003
Posted at: 2:30 p.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The House approved a bill Friday that would stop state troopers from choosing which courts will consider the traffic tickets they write.
The bill would require the tickets to be heard in the venue where the ticket was written, rather than just the same county. The bill from Republican Representative Roger Smith passed 74-to-13 and goes to the Senate.
State police and sheriff's deputies were allowed to file misdemeanor charges in any district court in the same county as the offense. That's from a law passed in 1915.
Critics of the current law said some troopers were using the law to choose which judges would hear certain kinds of cases.