FW: A "win" against the camera scheme: HB 7005

From: Bob W.
Sent on: Monday, April 14, 2014 5:15 AM


From: [address removed]
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Subject: Fw: A "win" against the camera scheme: HB 7005
Date: Sun, 13 Apr[masked]:48:00 -0400

Here's the latest report on the red light camera scam and HB 7005.  As you see, it doesn't take a lot of us to have a positive effect and we are on the right side of this issue.
BTW, if you have any cash on hand, please consider sending some to www.LibertyFirstFl.org so that Paul Henry and John Hallman can continue to work on the issue.  Thanks very much to those of you who've already contributed to the repeal effort.
----- Original Message -----
From: Paul Henry
To: Paul Henry
Sent: Sunday, April 13,[masked]:05 AM
Subject: A "win" against the camera scheme: HB 7005

Politics is a game of inches and yards. It is rare indeed to have a bill do everything you may want it to do- thanks to amendments.
Since Florida passed the camera scheme law in 2010, efforts have been underway to repeal or significantly modify it. I've been thankful to be a part of these efforts at the legislature since 2011.
Recently, a transportation bill that began as THSS 14-01 morphed into HB 7005. While it began life as a far more good than bad bill, as it passed committees, I watched it go to a significantly more bad than good bill. The main reason why I opposed this bill is due to it removing the ticketing function of the camera scheme. As anyone that has received a "notice of violation" knows, the only way to avoid locally operated kangaroo courts is to get an actual ticket and then go to county traffic court. The last revision to HB 7005 did away with the tickets and instead would have forced every vehicle owner to go to kangaroo court. There were some really good items in this bill, such as the capping of kangaroo court costs at $100 from $250 and limiting right on red automated enforcement, but the bad was so significant- fundamental due process- that I sent out the alert to oppose the bill.
The "win" here such as it is regards the actions taken by everyone reading this bill. On Thursday, one day prior to the bill being heard, dozens of people called the committee members and told them to vote against HB 7005. Enough pressure was placed upon them that the end result removed all of the camera scheme changes. I have now confirmed that all camera scheme language was removed. The amended bill passed unanimously.
Thursday evening, I got an email from my friend in Melbourne Jim Phend. He sent the details from one of his member's call to a representative. The aide wanted to know who was orchestrating "all of these calls", as they had received over 25 of them. This situation shows we can indeed make a difference. While this session will end in less than a month, we must begin preparing for the next one, as well as continuing to apply pressure in local cities where the scheme is being used. It would be a great thing to compel local officials to remove the scheme in another 6-12 cities prior to the start of next session. It took about 7 years for the camera scheme to get voted in, so it will take a number of years to make it go away. We are winning this battle.
I thank each of you for your help on this issue and ask you to please support the Liberty First Network so I can afford to continue to perform this type of work. If you read the amended HB 7005, you'll hear some other things in there that are troubling- such as digital driver licenses and allowing your license to be "swiped" (data reading) in certain situations. Unfortunately, I do not have the resources to cover these other issues.
Paul Henry
Liberty Lobbyist
[address removed] Phone:[masked]
If you want to support my work against the red light camera scheme, please donate to the Liberty First Network

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