Speed Camera legislation now goes to the counties…
To all of those who fought hard to repeal the state law allowing Speed Cameras to be placed around Maryland, the fight continues. The enabling legislation for this hidden revenue source now goes to the local jurisdiction. Starting on October 1, when the bill actually becomes law, counties will be holding public hearings on the Speed Camera legislation. After that, they will be voting whether to allow them within their own jurisdiction.
THIS IS WHERE WE CAN STOP THEM!
MRE is forming a coalition with several other groups so that we can begin to lobby our council members and commissioners to veto the Speed Cameras in our home counties. If our local legislatures insist on installing Speed Cameras, then we do have the opportunity to bring them to referendum. The counties, by and large, require much fewer signatures to bring a bill to referendum. For example, in Howard County, it only takes 5,000 signatures on a petition to put a referendum on the ballot.
We know that speed cameras are wildly unpopular among the general public across the state and country. No speed camera referendum has ever failed anywhere in the United States! If we were able to put a Speed Camera referendum on the ballot in areas where a legislator voted for them, not only would the referendum likely pass, but that legislator would have to spend extraordinary amounts of time and money explaining his/her vote.
NOW IS THE TIME TO ORGANIZE
We are teaming up with several other like-minded organizations to help us get started. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact me immediately. In Baltimore County MRE is joining forces with Americans for Prosperity and we are having a meeting next month to discuss our action plan. Details are as follows:
AFP-Baltimore County First Meeting
Date: Tuesday, August 4th
Time: 7:00pmWhere: Towson Library 320 York Rd Towson, MD 21204