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Ban of traffic cameras gets a bipartisan vote in Ohio's House
Some jurisdictions says the cameras are a matter of safety; critics say they're a matter of money
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


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A statewide ban on traffic cameras is a step closer to reality, after passing the Ohio House on a bipartisan vote. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

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The ban’s opponents say studies show cameras make intersections safer, but its supporters have their own studies showing the opposite.

Opponents say local control is important to maintain, while supporters say cameras violate due process and are often abused.

The ban’s co-sponsor Republican Rep. Ron Maag said there was a bottom line here.

“Now let’s be candid about the purpose of these cameras," Maag says. "Their main goal is to generate revenue.”

But his Republican colleague Ross McGregor says communities need more regulation, not an outright ban. “We’re blowing a hole in local government budgets,” McGregor says.

And Democrat Bob Hagan has this view on cameras raising revenue.

“Well, why are they generating funds? My God, why would they generate funds?" Hagan says. "I mean, we did cut the local government fund but 50 percent.”

The proposed ban now moves on to the Senate.

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