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Florida House says no to red-light cameras


[Rep. Richard Corcoran, R- Trinity, gets congratulated by other Florida House members after his bill passed to repeal red light cameras in the State.   Scott Keeler, Times]

After a spirited debate and a suspenseful vote, the Florida House agreed 59-57 to do away with red-light cameras. But don't expect the measure to go anywhere from here: The more skittish Senate is highly unlikely to take it up.

Still, HB 4087 made for high drama on the House floor, setting up one of the most narrow votes we have seen in the chamber this session. Rep. Richard Corcoran, a Trinity Republican and the bill's sponsor, argued there are better ways to make intersections safer that do not involve letting local governments and camera companies make money.

"It is a front for the companies making millions of dollars," said Corcoran, expected to be a future House speaker. "The implementation of this program has been a disaster."

Opponents countered that the House just passed regulations on red-light cameras last year, and they have been successful.

"We're setting a bad precedent," said Rep. Eddy Gonzalez, R-Hialeah. "We passed this last year. I believe in my heart that we're saving lives."

[Last modified: Monday, May 2, 2011 4:54pm]


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