Corbett gets bill to abolish Philly traffic court

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A bill to abolish Philadelphia’s scandal-plagued traffic court is on its way to the desk of Gov. Tom Corbett, and his office says he’ll sign it.

The Senate voted unanimously in favor of a revised version of the legislation on Tuesday.

It will move traffic court duties to a traffic division of Philadelphia Municipal Court.

After Corbett signs it, currently scheduled traffic court judicial elections will be canceled.

A companion bill has been approved to remove the traffic court from the state constitution. It still requires a second round of approval in the House and Senate in the next legislative session and then passage in a voter referendum.

Nine current or former Philadelphia traffic court judges were accused by federal authorities this spring of fixing tickets.

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