Apr 7, 2014 12:21 PM by David Randall
DENVER (AP) - This week's Bill To Watch in the Colorado Legislature.
Senate Bill 181, to ban the use of speeding and red-light cameras statewide.
WHAT IT DOES:
The bill prohibits municipalities from issuing traffic citations based on photos taken from automated cameras for speeding or running red lights.
WHO WANTS IT?
The bill has strong bipartisan support. Sen. Scott Renfroe, R-Greeley, who sponsored the same proposal two years ago, is teaming up with Democratic Sen. Lucia Guzman and Senate President Morgan Carroll. In the House, Democratic Speaker Mark Ferrandino is co-sponsoring the bill.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
The bill this year does not yet have a cost estimate. However, a legislative analysis of the same bill two years ago noted that it would have no impact on state expenditures, but that it would decrease annual fine revenue to municipalities by at least $13 million.
WHERE IT STANDS:
The bill was introduced in the Senate Friday and no hearing has been scheduled yet.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING:
"Our intersections and traffic lights should be about safety not about generating revenue," Renfroe said. The Colorado Municipal League, which opposes the bill, sees it differently. "This legislation is a direct assault on local governments' ability to keep local streets safe," the organization said on its website.