State Representative Steve Drazkowsk says he will introduce legislation in the upcoming 2014 session that would end illegal traffic diversion programs in Minnesota and award repayment to those who participated in them in the past.
At a St. Paul press conference Drazkowski said it's time the legislature holds local government officials accountable for willfully breaking the law.
Since 2010, 36 local units of government...15 counties and 21 cities...have collected nearly 2-million dollars from illegal traffic diversion programs.
Drazkowski says that list includes Goodhue and Wabasha counties, plus the cities of Wabasha, Plainview, Lake City and Red Wing.
Drazkowski's proposal would shut down any remaining traffic diversion classes and require the violators to reimburse fees to the citizens who participated in the programs.
Drazkowski says since 2003, Wabasha County alone has had some 4,500 people go through its traffic diversion program and collected about $450,000 in fees.