Texas Lawmakers Move To Save Red Light Cameras

Texas lawmakers are taking steps to keep newly re-elected Governor Greg Abbott ® from fulfilling a major campaign promise. Abbott, formerly the state’s attorney general, made outlawing red light cameras a priority – even going so far as to specify that the contracts used by local jurisdictions must be legislatively preempted (view pledge). Two of the state legislature’s leaders last week prefiled legislation that would protect the ability of local jurisdictions to continue using red light cameras for as long as they wish. ...

Ohio Judge To Rule On Ohio Speed Camera Legality

Attorney Marc E. Dann is back in an Ohio courthouse in his challenge to the speed camera program in Girard. After attempting to make his argument before a federal judge earlier this year, Dann has recast his class action suit with a new legal theory that will meet its first test. On Wednesday, Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Andrew D. Logan began considering the key question of whether the case should be allowed to proceed to trial. ...

How Democrats Pulled Off a "Dream Scenario" in New York's State Senate

Democrat Andrew Gounardes dethroned longtime Republican incumbent Marty Golden, who may have been hurt by his resistance to the city’s school zone speed camera program. […] Rallying with safe streets advocates Wednesday, Gounardes predicted swift action on speed cameras come January under the leadership of new Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. “The Democratic conference all supported extending the speed camera program this past session,” Gounardes said. “This is a no-brainer for us. ...