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Grant County Deputy Sheriff Troy Langley testifies in front of a Minnesota House committee Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in favor of a bill allowing local governments to establish education programs to replace traffic tickets for some offenders. With him is Jim Franklin, representing sheriffs and police chiefs. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Don Davis

Minnesota committee OKs classes instead of fines for minor traffic violations

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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.

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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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