JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation designed to amend a 2009 law that has placed thousands of traffic cases into limbo.
A Nixon spokesman said Thursday the governor signed the bill the same day it was approved by lawmakers. The fix needed to be completed by the end of February or some of the traffic cases could not have been prosecuted.
At the urging of court officials last year, the Legislature made some minor traffic offenses infractions rather than misdemeanors. The law required the infractions be handled as "civil actions."
But some prosecutors were unsure about how to pursue those infraction cases. And several judges and prosecutors interpreted the law to mean the State Highway Patrol no longer had authority to write tickets for infractions.
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