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Wabasha County Sheriff Rodney Bartsch tells a Minnesota House committee Tuesday, March 18, 2014, that the public likes the option of taking classes instead of paying traffic tickets. Watching is Grant County Deputy Sheriff Troy Langley. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Ticket diversion bill advances

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ST. PAUL -- Local Minnesota governments could offer classes instead of fines to drivers ticketed for minor traffic violations, a House transportation committee decided Tuesday.

On a unanimous vote, the committee approved a bill by Rep. Jay McNamar, D-Elbow Lake, to let cities and counties establish driving safety classes that violators could take instead of a traffic ticket being placed on their records.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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