Speed Camera Reform Legislation Nears Final Passage

A March 31 Baltimore Sun article reported that speed camera reform legislation (HB 929 and SB 350) continues to move through the General Assembly.

The House of Delegates on Monday advanced a bill [SB 350] that would put tighter rules on the when the automatic tickets could be issued and make it easier for motorists to appeal bogus citations without going to court.

After more than year of scrutiny to the speed camera programs – which are lucrative to governments and irksome to drivers – the bill poised for approval would outlaw the so-called “bounty-system” that allowed contractors to bill per ticket issued, as well as call for an ombudsman that could dismiss tickets that were clearly issued in error.  …

The House made some slight changes to [SB 350, which] had already cleared the Senate. With final passage in the House expected Tuesday, lawmakers will have a few days to iron out the differences before the session adjourns next week.

As of April 1, the House passed SB 350 with amendments to make it identical to HB 929.  As previously reported on Conduit Street, MACo supports HB 929 as amended by the House.



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