There are all kinds of proposals in the Legislature for cracking down on cities' use of automated traffic cameras, and a bill filed today offers the most sweeping solution yet.
Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Morris, D-Anacortes, HB 1823 would completely repeal the authority for cities and counties to have the cameras.
That's what's demanded by activists like the ones who helped pack a committee hearing Tuesday on bills related to the cameras. A Puyallup couple, Nick and Tiffany Sherwood, founded BanCams.com.
Other proposals out there:
• Rep. Jim McCune, R-Graham, would require cities to get approval from local voters before using the cameras.
• Rep. Chris Hurst, D-Enumclaw, would also require public votes, but would grandfather in existing cameras.
• Rep. Connie Ladenburg and Sen. Debbie Regala, both D-Tacoma, would limit the use of red light cameras to go after drivers making right turns, and standardize yellow light times. Their bills, requested by the city of Tacoma, would also expand the use of cameras to catch speeders.
• Finally, Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville, would also standardize yellow-light times, and would cap the cost of a ticket at $124. Her bill is backed by a police lobbying group, the Washington Council of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.
Law enforcement, needless to say, isn't crazy about the idea of requiring a public vote on their traffic-enforcement methods.