Bill passed to get rid of traffic court
HARRISBURG (AP) — A bill to abolish Philadelphia’s traffic court, where a federal investigation led to criminal charges for alleged ticket-fixing, passed the Legislature on Tuesday and was sent to Gov. Tom Corbett, who signaled he intends to sign it.
The Senate voted unanimously in favor of moving traffic court duties to a traffic division of Philadelphia Municipal Court. After Corbett signs the bill, currently scheduled traffic court judicial elections will be canceled.
A companion bill was previously approved to remove the traffic court from the state constitution.
That measure still requires a second round of approval in the House and Senate in the next legislative session and then passage in a voter referendum.
Nine current or former Philadelphia traffic court judges were accused by federal authorities this spring of fixing tickets.