Florida red light cameras would be strangled if new House bill passes

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TAMPA BAY, Florida - A new transportation package filed by the House Transportation and Highway Safety Subcommittee would all but end Florida's red light camera program.

The bill would prohibit Florida cities from installing any new red light cameras after July 1, 2014 and strip them of any revenue the cameras generated.

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A similar effort in the Senate to completey ban red light cameras, filed by State Sen. Jeff Brandes (R, St. Petersburg), a former state representative, faces an uphill challenge in the Capitol's less conservative chamber.

The House bill, which will get its first committee hearing on Jan. 9, would reduce red light camera fines in Florida from $158 to $83, with all revenue going to the state.  Cities and counties could charge up to $25 per ticket, if necessary, to pay for the cost of the camera program.

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Ultimately, the Senate may block RLC repeal attempts, but Tallahassee insiders tell 10 News numerous RLC reforms are likely during the 2014 session.

Florida's League of Cities has come out strongly against RLC reforms and repeals.

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