The Missouri House of Representatives recently moved legislation that would allow citizens to determine what to do with red light cameras. State Representative Bryan Spencer (R-Wentzville) introduced the ballot measure by voice vote. The bill will receive a final vote in the state House after a fiscal review of it.
The bill then would need to be passed by the Senate and signed into law.
The bill calls for asking voters whether they want to stop cities from making new deals with red light and speed camera companies.
The bill allows jurisdictions with existing automated ticketing programs one year to wind down their contracts and shut the cameras down. The proposal also prohibits the mailing of automated citations.
Known as House Bill 1945, it calls for motorists who get a red light ticket to receive in person notification from a law enforcement officer working with the agency issuing the ticket. It also allows the use of automated license plate readers. The bill calls for a ballot measure on November 8.
Cases that are excluded from the bill are hit and run cases, parking tickets, open investigations, and cases in which in-person notification is not possible.
A similar bill had passed in the Missouri House last year but failed to make it to the Senate.
Similar bans have been successful at the county level in St. Charles where voters banned automated ticketing machines in 2014. In November 2015, a court rejected attempts from three municipals to reinstate their use of the ticketing machines.