Lawmakers At Odds over Speed Cameras

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The Iowa legislative session has ended with the Republican majority passing the fetal heartbeat bill and tax reform. But lawmakers failed to take any action on traffic cameras.

Radar-enabled speed cameras are attached to a sign post as traffic moves along northbound Interstate 380 near the Diagonal Dr. SW exit on Friday, May 21, 2010, in Cedar Rapids. The cameras will record speeders and issue a ticket for the infraction. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette/KCRG-TV9)

There were two competing bills in the legislature. One would have banned the traffic cameras altogether. The other would have set up state regulations for them. One Democratic lawmaker said he doesn't think Iowa should stop cities from using traffic cameras.

"I think they've had a positive effect here locally in terms of keeping the motoring public safer, so we shouldn't ban them, but there is a role for regulating them to make sure they are being used for public safety purposes," Sen. Rob Hogg, a democrat from Linn County, said.

Republican Senator Brad Zaun, who is from Urbandale, says he plans again next session to push for an outright ban on the cameras.

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