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INFRACTIONS VS MISDEMEANORS 12-18-14 LMS

The city’s Public Safety Team met on December 11 to discuss what impacts there would be if Misdemeanors were reclassified as Infractions.

Salmon City Councilman Ken Hill reported results of the discussion to the December 18 meeting of the full council.

He said the consensus was making such a change would be advantageous especially in view of the greatly reduced amount of paperwork the change would mean for officers. Hill said it would also mean less work for the City Prosecutor and more collection of dollars by the city since an infraction would result in a ticket being issued, payable directly to the City Clerk. In addition, he said fines that are assessed by the court in misdemeanor trials are often reduced or waived and are also subject to court costs before being turned over to the city.

Hill said the team discussion will be continued with City Police Chief KV Felker and his staff along with any input the city prosecutor wishes to contribute.

The Idaho Association of Cities has joined the Idaho Association of Counties in urging the legislature to create and fund a unified state run public defender system. Hill said City Attorney Fred Snook will be invited to attend the next Public Safety team meeting and explain impacts of such a system.

Hill said with the recently recommended up-date to city codes, the team has recognized an opportunity to eliminate the city and state codes that are redundant such as, state codes already being enforced under city codes. He said city officers and the city prosecutor are being asked to take an in-depth look at what simplification recommendations could be made to the council.

The next meeting of the Public Safety Team will be January 14, 2015 at 5:15 PM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room.


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