More Speed Cameras Coming to Maryland

The first speed camera bills of 2009 have officially been introduced to the Maryland General Assembly.

Senate Bill 277 and House Bill 313 have been submitted to the MD state Senate and House of Delegates, at the request of Governor O’Malley. This bill is based on the legislation which came within a hair of enactment in 2008. It would authorize every county in the state to use speed cameras on roads up to a 45mph speed limit, and also on highways in temporary “work zones”.

These bills still included the following change from existing law which legislators attempted to pass in 2008:

(6) “Speed monitoring system operator” means [an individual who] A REPRESENTATIVE OF AN AGENCY OR CONTRACTOR THAT operates a speed monitoring system.

This change would have grandfather in the alleged loophole which Montgomery County has attempted to use to defend their Illegal contract, and also deny the accused the right to request the REAL operator to appear in court, by allowing the counties to specify any person they want as the operator regardless of whether they perform any physical work on the device.

In addition, local bills have been submitted to the House and Senate under the labels HB0396 and sb0388 on behalf of the Baltimore local govt. That local bills would give Baltimore the ability to set up speed cameras, however anyone who visits Baltimore is affected by this.

Two other speed camera bills which would authorize cameras in Prince George’s County (PG 309-09) and Howard County (Ho.Co. 06-09) have been drafted and will be submitted soon.

If you disagree with the expansion of scameras in Maryland, please get involved. Find out who’s responsible for these bills, with contact information, after the jump.

The Sponsors of these bills are as follows:

SB0277:

Senate President Mike Miller (Democrat, District 27, Calvert & Prince George’s Counties)

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Senator Jennie M. Forehand (Democrat, District 17, Montgomery County)

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Senator Katherine Klausmeier (Democrat, District 8, Baltimore County)

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Senator Douglas J. J. Peters (Democrat, District 23, Prince George’s County)

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Senator James Robey (Democrat, District 13, Howard County)

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HB0313:

MICHAEL ERIN BUSCH, Speaker of House of Delegates (Democrat, District 30, Anne Arundel County)

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WILLIAM A. BRONROTT (Democrat, District 16, Montgomery County)

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CHERYL D. GLENN (Democrat, District 45, Baltimore City)

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TOM HUCKER (Democrat, District 20, Montgomery County)

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ROGER MANNO (Democrat, District 19, Montgomery County)

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MAGGIE McINTOSH (Democrat, District 43, Baltimore City)

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HB0396:

CURTIS STOVALL (CURT) ANDERSON (Democrat, District 43, Baltimore City)

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RUTH M. KIRK (Democrat, District 44, Baltimore City)

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MAGGIE McINTOSH (Democrat, District 43, Baltimore City)

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BARBARA A. ROBINSON (Democrat, District 40, Baltimore City)

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Senate Bill 0388:

NATHANIEL J. McFADDEN (Democrat, District 45, Baltimore City)

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