- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - St. Louis County executive candidate Rick Stream has joined the critical chorus calling for changes to a municipal court system that boosts city revenue through traffic fines.

The Republican state lawmaker on Monday outlined a court overhaul plan that would require considerable assistance from state and local lawmakers. Stream is running against Democrat Steve Stenger.

He wants to change state law by further limiting the amount of money collected from traffic fines that local governments can keep. The current limit is 30 percent; Missouri gets the rest.

Stream also wants to lessen the penalties for failing to promptly pay traffic fines or not show up in court.

The local court system has come under greater scrutiny following the police shooting death of Michael Brown in north St. Louis County.

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