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Minnesota Rep. Steve Drazkowski explains a bill he plans to introduce that would penalize cities and counties that are operating programs that allow drivers to take classes to keep traffic tickets off their records. He says the programs are illegal. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Don Davis

Bill would slap governments offering traffic ticket program to keep offenses off record

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ST. PAUL -- Seven Minnesota counties and 10 cities continue to offer a program allowing motorists to take driving safety classes and keep minor traffic tickets from going on their records, even though the state auditor says the Legislature must first authorize the programs and a Wabasha County judge earlier this month ruled programs in his area are illegal.

Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, is offering legislation to penalize local governments that continue the programs.

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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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