Bill to Regulate Traffic Cameras Dies in House

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa lawmakers have decided not to change state law dealing with traffic cameras that ticket motorists for speeding or running red lights.

The chairman of the House transportation committee Wednesday decided against allowing a vote on a measure introduced by Republican Rep. Walt Rogers, of Cedar Falls.

The proposal would have required cities and counties to get a permit from the Department of Transportation before installing new traffic cameras. Local governments also would have needed to justify existing cameras by submitting traffic data to the department.

The transportation committee chairman, Rep. Joshua Byrnes of Osage, says he killed the bill because it lacked input from city leaders and support in the Senate.

Steve Gent, the transportation department's director of traffic and safety, expressed disappointment, saying the bill followed agency guidelines.

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