Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Battle Stations! Statewide Speed Camera Bill Submitted to Maryland Senate

Senate Bill 277 was submitted to the Maryland Senate today at the request of Governor O'Malley. This is the first speed camera bill officially introduced in 2009. This bill is apparently based on the legislation which came withing a hair of passing in 2008. It would authorize every county in the state to use speed cameras on roads up to a 45mph speed limit, and also on highways in temporary "work zones".

We are still in the process of analyzing it, but we immediately noticed that this bill still included the following change from existing law:
(6) “Speed monitoring system operator” means [an individual who] A
monitoring system.

This is the same change referred to on the legislative wrap-up of the 2008 bill, which was designed to grandfather in Montgomery County's alleged contract loophole, and deny the accused the right to request the REAL operator to appear in court, by allowing the counties to specify any person they want as the operator, rather than someone who has anything to do with the PHYSICAL operation and maintenance of the device.

The sponsors of this Big Brother legislation are:
Senate President Mike Miller (Democrat, District 27, Calvert & Prince George's Counties)
State House, H-107
Annapolis, MD 21401 - 1991
(410) 841-3700, (301) 858-3700
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3700 (toll free)
e-mail: thomas.v.mike.miller@senate.state.md.us

Senator Jennie M. Forehand (Democrat, District 17, Montgomery County)
James Senate Office Building, Room 223
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3134, (301) 858-3134
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3134 (toll free)
e-mail: jennie.forehand@senate.state.md.us

Senator Katherine Klausmeier (Democrat, District 8, Baltimore County)
James Senate Office Building, Room 103
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3620, (301) 858-3620
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3620 (toll free)
e-mail: katherine.klausmeier@senate.state.md.us

Senator Douglas J. J. Peters (Democrat, District 23, Prince George's County)
James Senate Office Building, Room 121
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3631, (301) 858-3631
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3631 (toll free)
e-mail: douglas.peters@senate.state.md.us

Senator James Robey (Democrat, District 13, Howard County)
James Senate Office Building, Room 120
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3572, (301) 858-3572
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3572 (toll free)
e-mail: james.robey@senate.state.md.us

Two other speed camera bills which would authorize cameras in only Prince George's County (PG 309-09) and Howard County (Ho.Co. 06-09) have been drafted and will be submitted soon.

The battle lines are drawn. Anyone willing to join the fight to Stop Big Brother please Contact Us.