Iowa lawmakers again hold off on proposed changes to traffic camera laws

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – Another Iowa legislative session has closed in Des Moines.  Among the measures to be debated, one dealing with the use of traffic cameras in the state failed to be approved by lawmakers. It marks the third year in a row a proposed ban on those cameras was debated by Iowa’s lawmakers. The bill passed the Senate but stalled in the House.

About a dozen Iowa cities including Sioux City rely on those cameras. Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott tells KCAU 9, this likely isn’t the end of the traffic camera debate. 

“You know all of a sudden the legislature always said for the cities it was about money, but now when they want a little bit of it, it’s not about money it’s about safety. We’ll see, I’m hopeful that if they do things that they don’t take the vast majority of the money. If they do I hope they get in the camera business and just send us some back,” said Scott.

Since the first red light camera turned on in Sioux City nine years ago, the city has collected more than $18 million. The funds mostly are used for public safety and streets projects. 

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