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With one week in the books at our beloved State Capitol, The Iowa Standard wanted to highlight some of the “interesting” bills that were filed during Week 1. Among them, Senate Study Bill 3012 sponsored by State Sen. Brad Zaun as chair of Senate Judiciary Committee.

The bill prohibits the state or a local authority from placing or causing to be placed on or adjacent to a highway or maintaining or employing the use of any automated or remote system for traffic law enforcement.

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It prohibits the Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Safety from providing information used to impose or collect a civil penalty resulting from a violation captured by an ATE system through an existing interstate compact agreement unless the agreement specifically allows or requires that information to be shared or provided for that specific purpose.

It defines an automated or remote system for traffic law enforcement to mean a camera or other optical device designed to work in conjunction with an official traffic control signal or speed measuring device to identify motor vehicles operating in violation of traffic laws.

The bill is in the Senate Judiciary Committee and has been assigned a subcommittee with Senators Brad Zaun, Julian Garrett and Tony Bisignano.

The Iowa Minuteman Civil Defense Corps are registered in support of the bill. Verra Mobility and Sensys Gatso are registered against.

AIG-American International Companies, the Iowa County Attorneys Association, the Linn County Board of Supervisors, the Iowa Police Chief Association and the Iowa Department of Public Safety are registered as “undecided.”

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