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Senate OKs option for diversion class for some traffic offenses

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ST. PAUL — Local Minnesota governments could allow motorists to take traffic courses instead of receiving tickets under an amendment folded into an overall transportation bill Wednesday.

Sen. Matt Schmit, D-Red Wing, won the Senate’s approval on a voice vote to allow the so-called “diversion programs” for a year beginning June 1. Governments providing the programs would be required to report back to the Legislature.

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