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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Legislation that would ban police departments from issuing quotas on tickets has been approved in the Illinois Senate.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the bill prevents any law enforcement agency from requiring officers to write a certain number of traffic citations within a specific time period. Police officers also couldn't be evaluated on the number of citations they issue.

The measure was drafted by Sen. Andy Manar, a Democrat from Bunker Hill.

It was approved Thursday on a 57-1 vote.

The lone vote against the bill came from Sen. Tim Bivins, a Republican who was once the sheriff in Lee County. He argues the legislation would give certain officers permission to slack off.

The measure now heads to the Illinois House.

The bill is SB3411

Information from: The State Journal-Register

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