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AG hands down opinion on revenues from citations written by state police

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge handed down her opinion on how Craighead County and the towns located in it need to handle distributing fines collected from tickets written by Arkansas State Police.

The opinion comes more than a year after changes were made as to where tickets written by Arkansas State Police are processed.

In 2014, Arkansas State Police implemented the use of electronic tickets.

Now, citations written by state police are processed through Craighead County electronically and not in the town the ticket was written in.

Since that time, revenue from processing those tickets have also gone to the county instead of the city it happened in.

Craighead County and multiple towns located inside it failed to create a written agreement with how monies collected should then be distributed prior to the implementation of e-tickets.

In Rutledge's opinion, that was released to multiple state legislators on Monday, the county and towns located within it need to come to a written agreement on how those monies should be distributed.

"The statute states that a written agreement 'is mandatory and is to be entered into between the governing body of the town or city and the governing bodies of the political subdivision that contribute to the operational expenses of the district court,'" Rutledge's response said.

However, Rutledge said it was beyond her scope as Attorney General to provide answers as to what a city should do if a county refuses to enter into an agreement with them regarding distribution of fines related to citations written by Arkansas State Police.

No word yet on when the entities plan to meet to discuss the issue.

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