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Mayor Lucas proposes creation of administrative court to handle parking tickets, ordinance violations

Posted at 10:05 AM, Aug 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-13 11:05:49-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mayor Quinton Lucas is proposing an ordinance that would create an administrative court in Kansas City, Missouri.

The proposal is co-sponsored by 6th District At Large Councilwoman Andrea Bough and will be presented at Thursday's city council meeting.

The court would be created to deal with parking tickets and other non-moving city ordinance violations.

Under the proposed ordinance, incarceration would not be allowed for those violations.

"When I ran for this office, I spent a lot of time talking about the need for local criminal justice reform," Lucas said in a tweet Thursday.

His goal for the ordinance is to keep those who can't afford to pay those kinds of tickets from having warrants issued for their arrests.

The ordinance proposes unpaid fines be collected through legal means.

If passed, the ordinance would go into effect Oct. 15.