The Speed Camera Bill that Republican Senator Donald Munson of District 2 Washington County Voted for


The video speed trap: an investigation (part 1)

According to a published report, the city of Fruitland has lightened the wallets of unsuspecting area drivers to the tune of nearly $4,000 by using speed cameras in school zones – even when school isn’t in session.

Late last year, a bill passed in the 2009 General Assembly session allowed local counties and municipalities to begin collecting revenue from people speeding through school zones. If you’re caught doing 12 m.p.h. or more over the posted speed limit, you get a citation in the mail which costs you $40. Sure, you can fight this in court, but unlike in criminal cases you’re presumed guilty until you can prove either the plates were stolen or someone else was driving the car – in that case, the fine accrues to them. The phrase in the law, ”(a)djudication of liability shall be based on a preponderance of evidence” is one best known for civil court.

The measure itself has an interesting history – it lost in third reading 23-24 but was resurrected by a rare motion to reconsider the third reading by Senator Ulysses Currie (D – Prince George’s). Four Senators (all Democrats) changed their votes to pass the bill 27-20 – local Senators Colburn and Stoltzfus voted no. Subsequently, the House passed the bill 94-41, with local Delegates Cane, Conway, Elmore, and Mathias voting yes while Eckardt and Haddaway properly voted against adoption.

With the prospect of an October change in the law, some jurisdictions chomped at the bit thinking about this “free” revenue stream. The city of Fruitland was no different, convening a special meeting September 15, 2009 as a demonstration of the camera equipment. (Note that Councilmen Carey, Lokey, and Ortiz were “extremely interested.”)

http://monoblogue.us/2010/07/12/the-video-speed-trap-an-investigation-part-1/

First, the Delegates who voted against, which include Senate Candidate, Chris Shank.

Seq No. 1079 April 10, 2009 11:55 AM
Presiding: Speaker Busch Legislative Date: April 4, 2009

General Assembly Of Maryland
House of Delegates
2009 Regular Session

Third Reading Passed (94-41)
SB 277 Third Reading (SB) Calendar No. 22
The President et al (ENV)
Vehicle Laws – Speed Monitoring Systems –
Statewide Authorization and Use in Hwy Work Zones
On Third Reading

94 Yeas 41 Nays 0 Excused 3 Not Voting 3 Excused (Absent)
Voting Yea – 94
Speaker Busch Clagett_V. Haynes Levi Rice
Ali Conway Healey Levy Robinson
Anderson Davis Hecht Love Rosenberg
Aumann DeBoy Heller Malone Ross
Barkley Donoghue Hixson Manno Rudolph
Barnes Doory Holmes Mathias Shewell
Barve Dumais Howard McHale Simmons
Beidle Elmore Hubbard McIntosh Sophocleus
Benson Feldman Hucker Mizeur Stein
Bobo Frick Ivey Montgomery Stukes
Bohanan Frush Jameson Morhaim Tarrant
Branch Gaines Jones Murphy Taylor
Braveboy Gilchrist Kaiser Nathan-Pulliam Turner_V.
Bronrott Glenn Kirk Niemann Valderrama
Burns Griffith Kramer Oaks Vallario
Cane Gutierrez Krysiak Pena-Melnyk Vaughn
Carr Guzzone Kullen Pendergrass Waldstreicher
Carter Hammen Lafferty Ramirez Walker
Clagett_G. Harrison Lee Reznik
Voting Nay – 41
Bartlett Frank Kipke Olszewski Stull
Bates George Krebs Riley Walkup
Beitzel Haddaway McComas Schuh Weir
Boteler Impallaria McConkey Schuler Weldon
Bromwell James McDonough Shank Wood
Costa Jennings Miller Smigiel
Dwyer Kach Minnick Sossi
Eckardt Kelly Norman Stifler
Elliott King O’Donnell Stocksdale
Not Voting – 3
Cardin Conaway Serafini
Excused From Voting – 0
Excused (Absent) – 3
Myers Proctor Turner_F.
General Assembly Of Maryland
Senate of Maryland
2009 Regular Session
Third Reading Passed (27-20)
SB 277
The President et al
Vehicle Laws – Speed Monitoring Systems –
Statewide Authorization and Use in Hwy Work Zones
On third reading

27 Yeas 20 Nays 0 Excused 0 Not Voting 0 Excused (Absent)
Voting Yea – 27
MR.PRESIDENT GARAGIOLA KLAUSMEIER MUNSON ROBEY
CONWAY GLADDEN KRAMER MUSE ROSAPEPE
CURRIE HARRINGTON LENETT PETERS ZIRKIN
EXUM JONES MADALENO PINSKY
FOREHAND KASEMEYER MCFADDEN PUGH
FROSH KING MIDDLETON RASKIN
Voting Nay – 20
ASTLE DEGRANGE GLASSMAN JACOBS PIPKIN
BRINKLEY DELLA GREENIP KELLEY SIMONAIRE
BROCHIN DYSON HAINES KITTLEMAN STOLTZFUS
COLBURN EDWARDS HARRIS MOONEY STONE
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