The amendment, sponsored by Delegate Schuh, would have repealed the state's speed camera law entirely. The bill was voted down in the house by 46-87.
The following State Delegates acted against the interests of motorists by voting to KEEP Maryland's corrupt speed cameras.
The Following State Delegates Voted To REPEAL Speed Cameras:
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As we have argued in the past, one of the reasons the bill the so called "reform" bill the legislature ultimately passed was not meaningful was that the SHA's own program was specifically exempt from all of the changes it made, since that program is governed by a different (but similarly worded) statute. Delegate McConkey sponsored a bill which would have changed this by addressing the most common complaint about the SHA's program: the fact that the so called "workzone" speed cameras can be deployed "regardless of whether workers are present", according to the wording of current state law, meaning that no actual work needs to be taking place. The amendment would have required that work actually be taking place for SHA speed cameras to be used. That amendment was rejected by a 48-86 vote.
The following Maryland State Delegates voted to KEEP workerless workzone speed cameras.
The meaningless "reform" measure, which was written in large part by local governments such as Montgomery County which wished to ensure that the bill would not significantly affect them, passed both houses handily. Those who called for actual reforms were told by lawmakers that "it's better than nothing," and the Vice Chair of the Environmental Matters Committee (Delegate Malone) openly stated in a February hearing that no other speed camera bill would be permitted to pass but his own. Calls for "audits" of speed camera programs capable of identifying errors of the sorts which happened in Baltimore were responded to with promises that they would consider adding audits to the bill, however this did not occur.
Maryland state lawmakers serve four year terms and are up for re-election this November.