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.
TALLAHASSEE -- 5/3 --- 4:26pm
Monday, the Florida House passed a bill to put an end to all red light cameras in Florida knowing the Senate would not take the bill up. Today the House amended a Senate bill to prohibit people who make a right turn on red from being ticketed because of a red light camera. Sponsor Richard Corcoran of Port Richey says it was a strategic move to try and get something from the Senate.
“Well, what I think a lot of people raised about, what they don’t like at all about red light cameras, even if they support red light cameras, is ticketing people if they turn right on red.” Corcoran said. “That wasn’t what they believed the bill was for. So all we’ve said is that from now on you can’t ticket right on reds.”
The legislation also says that no city or county can install a red light without first having a study of the intersection to determine whether the camera will make the intersection safer or not.