Iowa Senate votes to ban traffic cameras

Automated traffic cameras would be a thing of the past in Iowa if the Iowa House votes as the Iowa Senate did Tuesday to ban them.

The Senate voted to make all local ordinances authorizing the cameras void, and ordering cities and counties with cameras to take them down by July 1st of this year.

Both chambers have debated banning the cameras in the past.  The bill's sponsor this year, Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Brad Zaun (R-Urbandale) says this year legislators and voters appear to be ready to see them gone.

He says the impetus came when the City of Cedar Rapids hired an outside collection agency to try and get the money from unpaid fines from traffic camera tickets.  

The Iowa House must approve the measure next, and Gov. Kim Reynolds must sign it before it becomes law.

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