Corbett signs bill to abolish Philly traffic court

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A bill to abolish Philadelphia’s scandal-plagued traffic court has been signed into law.

Gov. Tom Corbett’s office says he signed the legislation Wednesday.

A companion bill to remove the traffic court from the state constitution previously received legislative approval. If that measure is approved a second time in the next legislative session, it would be sent out to voters in a statewide referendum that could be held as early as 2015.

Earlier this year, federal authorities charged nine current or former Philadelphia traffic court judges with fixing tickets.

Under the bill Corbett signed, currently scheduled elections for traffic court judges will be canceled.

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