[UPDATE] Red Light Camera Repeal

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

TALLAHASSEE --- 5/4/11 --- 5:15PM:

The Florida House voted to repeal red light cameras on Monday… but the Senate refuses to take up the bill. The Senate Sponsor Rene Garcia isn’t going down without a fight. He’s working with chamber leaders to find a way to get his bill heard. The hang up is the price tag on removing the devices.

“I’m being cautiously optimistic. I’m working with the senate president, but really my big hang up is with (Senator) J.D. Alexander because of the 70-million dollar impact to the state,” said Garcia.

Meanwhile the House isn’t waiting on the Senate. They loaded up a Senate bill with provisions that would make it harder for cities and counties to install red light cameras. There are just two days left in the legislative session.

The Florida House has narrowly voted to repeal a law allowing the use of cameras to catch red light runners.
It was passed just a year ago.
The 59-57 roll call on Monday sent the repeal bill (HB 4087) to
the Senate where it's unlikely to pass as similar legislation (SB
672) hasn't made it out of committee there.
The repeal's sponsor, Rep. Richard Corcoran, a New Port Richey
Republican, argued last year's law is nothing but a front to make
money for companies that contract with local governments to provide
the cameras.
Others argued the cameras are an invasion of privacy and
disputed studies showing they save lives.
The law is named for Mark Wandall, who was killed by a red light
runner in Bradenton.

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