Illinois State Legislation Aims to Drop Ticket Quotas

An attorney licensed to practice in Ohio, Kyle T. Kirts has represented numerous clients in federal, state, and municipal court. Today, Kyle Kirts has his own practice where he handles a variety of cases, including felony and misdemeanor criminal defense and juvenile law cases. He is also a former member of the Illinois State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police.

In Illinois, the state legislature is attempting to make it illegal for law enforcement agencies to fulfill ticket quotas. Known as Senate Bill 3411, the legislation will also forbid police from being evaluated based on the number of written tickets. The House Labor Committee voted for the bill 16-3, and it will now come under House consideration.

The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police endorsed the legislation, citing that ticket quotas caused unnecessary tension between the public and law enforcement officials. According to Illinois state Senator Mike Jacobs, quotas are not a necessity; if law enforcement does its job, the proper amount of tickets will be written. Similar legislation is being considered in 17 other states.

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