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Lawmaker Proposes Plan To Deduct Traffic Camera Revenue From State Funding For Local Governments

A Republican State lawmaker wants to test the theory that traffic enforcement cameras are meant to prevent crashes and not boost municipal budgets by cutting funding to cities that use them. Representative Bill Seitz has introduced a bill negating the extra revenue from traffic cameras by deducting the same amount from a city's state funding. The Ohio Municipal League call the bill "gotcha" legislation that could tie the hands of local governments with limited law enforcement resources. The Ohio Supreme Court earlier this year struck down a state law imposing restrictions on camera use, saying they interfered with local authority.

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