In a move that frankly surprised me, two bills have been forwarded to Hickenloopers desk on traffic enforcement. I’m sure that right now he’s not very happy with the House and Senate for ignoring his recent request. While one bill would spell the end of the scameras across the entire state, the other requires each city who wishes to use them to ask their voters first. If they are already using them, then they must put the question to their voters in 2016. As former mayor of Denver, Hick loves his scamera money.
First off, my initial prediction is that Hick will veto both. He only whips his veto pin out when something that is popular with the majority of people could be made law. He was opposed to anything limiting their uses and requested a new bill be drafted that expanded the limits of where they could be used, while funneling the revenue away from the general fund. The last part I laughed about because somehow we’re supposed to believe that if revenue for one program gets funneled a different way it won’t be built into the budgets. You can rest assured Denver counts on and actively plans to use scamera money before they get it.
I don’t think Hick will sign both bills, though it would be funny to see what would happen. He won’t sign the bill with the outright ban. So there is a small chance that he could sign the bill allowing the people to vote. If that’s the case, get ready for a new front-group in Colorado that will take the issue head on. We’ve seen it time and time before in other areas where it’s been put to a vote. ACS/Xeros, Redflex, and ATS will pony up a boat load of dollars to buy billboards, and even pay people from out of the area to stump for them on election day. You may even find some advertisements that pull at the heart strings. Case in point, Arlington, TX, where the story of a young lady killed in a crash. The scamera vendors and their political puppets will stop at nothing to keep the cash flow going! In Missouri, ATS has already used the story with their AstroTurf group. What ATS won’t tell you is that this girl was not wearing a seatbelt. Keep in mind that in almost everyone of the stories a red light scamera would not have prevented the crash. It would have only provided footage. Aurora provided us plenty of footage last year that proves the scameras don’t work. Out of 35 public votes on the issue, only 1 has actually succeeded. You can rest assured that there will be a fight. If it comes to a vote it will be a tough fight in Denver. Denver and Boulder are the only two areas where the scameras have a chance.
For now I would suggest you contact Hickenlooper’s’ office. Send him an e-mail and ask him to support an outright ban. Then call his office. If enough people actually contact him, maybe he will be the governor of the people. But I’m not holding my breath.
On another note, the elections were held in Denver recently. Unfortunately, the incumbents won. But this was what we had expected. The surprise out of the race was the position of Auditor. Chris Nevitt was the establishment choice for auditor. I feel that worked against him as more and more people are showing disdain for career politicians. I was glad to see O’Brien win and I think he will provide a fair look at what comes up. In my mind, Nevitt should have recused himself from running for the position simply because he would be auditing what him and his friends on the council had already cooked up. Denver doesn’t need another “yes” man in office. We’ve got too many of those as it is.
Until next time …