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Tallahassee Legislative Alert
February 15th, 2016
(2 ACTION ALERTS IN THIS MESSAGE)
FOR TUESDAY THE 16th.. ACTION NEEDED
Call to action to repeal the use of red light cameras in the State of Florida
Representative Richard Corcoran, Chair of the House Appropriations Committee scheduled HB 4027 for this Tuesday February 16th, 2016 at 3:00 PM.
The House Appropriations Committee is the last committee stop before going to the floor for a full House vote. Passing HB 4027 is crucial so we can focus our efforts on the Senate side.
HB 4027 will repeal the use of traffic infraction devices, including the use of red light cameras. We know that red light cameras are used only to increase revenue for local governments. They are not there to increase public safety. Notoriously, cities that lose money on the traffic infraction detectors invariably cancel their contracts and stop using them. It is blatantly evident that red light cameras are solely revenue generation tools at the expense of public safety. Instead of increasing the duration of yellow lights at traffic intersections, which has proved to save lives, the Florida Department of Transportation deliberately changed the state policy to reduce yellow light intervals to below federal recommendations. This substantially increased revenue from violations while increasing the risk to public safety. To make matters worse, Red Flex Traffic Solutions corporate officers have even been arrested and convicted for bribing local government officials to support installation of red light cameras.
You can help put an end to the corruption, pay-offs and extortion surrounding the use of red light cameras.
HB 4027 will be heard in the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday February 16th, 2016 at 3:00 PM
Please call and e-mail the members of the House Appropriations Committee and tell them to support HB 4027.
COPY AND PASTE THE FOLLOWING TO EMAIL THE MEMBERS OF THIS COMMITTEE
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Full name Phone Numbers
Albritton, Ben (850) 717-5056
Boyd, Jim (850) 717-5071
Clarke-Reed, Gwyndolen "Gwyn" (850) 717-5092
Corcoran, Richard (850) 717-5037
Cruz, Janet (850) 717-5062
Fresen, Erik (850) 717-5114
Hudson, Matt (850) 717-5080
Ingram, Clay (850) 717-5001
Jones, Mia L. (850) 717-5014
McBurney, Charles (850) 717-5016
Metz, Larry (850) 717-5032
Nuñez, Jeanette M. (850) 717-5119
Oliva, Jose R. (850) 717-5110
O'Toole, H. Marlene (850) 717-5033
Pafford, Mark S. (850) 717-5086
Porter, Elizabeth W. (850) 717-5010
Rader, Kevin (850) 717-5081
Raschein, Holly (850) 717-5120 holly.
Richardson, David (850) 717-5113 david.
Roberson, Kenneth L. "Ken" (850) 717-5075
Rouson, Darryl Ervin (850) 717-5070 d
Stafford, Cynthia A. (850) 717-5109
Steube, W. Gregory "Greg" (850) 717-5073
Wood, John (850) 717-5041
Young, Dana D. (850) 717-5060
Adkins, Janet (850) 717-5011
Moraitis, Jr., George R. (850) 717-5093
SB 168, the Senate bill to repeal Red Light Cameras passed the Senate Transportation Committee on February 4th and has two more Committee stops.
It is the next Committee stop for SB 168 that we fear may run into trouble, which is the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development chaired by Senator Jack Latvala.
Senator Latvala has been a vocal supporter of keeping Red Light Cameras and may use his discretion as the Committee Chairman to bury SB 168 and never let it be heard in his Committee. This effectively kills the chance to repeal Red Light Cameras this Session.
If we want SB 168 to be heard in his Committee we must make the phone calls and e-mails to Senator Latvala. If he supports keeping Red Light Cameras, then he can speak and vote in opposition to this bill. It is blatantly unfair to the millions of Floridians who want to see the cameras taken down not to have this bill debated and voted up or down.
We have momentum to repeal Red Light Cameras, let's not rest now, this is too important.
Contact Senator Jack Latvala and ask him to schedule SB 168 on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development Agenda
Senator Jack Latvala
Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development
Tallahassee Number: (850) 487-5020
District Office Number: (727) 793-2797
"How would you like a job where when you made a mistake,
a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?"