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Senate panel rejects red-light cameras

Published 2:44pm Tuesday, February 26, 2013

ST. PAUL — A Minnesota Senate committee has rejected a proposal to install cameras at high-traffic intersections to catch red-light runners.

The Senate Transportation and Public Safety Committee voted the bill down 9-6 Monday. A second vote — to advance the bill without recommending that it pass — failed 8-7.

The legislation would establish requirements that cities using the cameras link a driver to a vehicle blasting through an intersection using clear photographic evidence.

Republican Sen. John Pederson’s bill includes limits on data retention and would require cities to clearly post signs at intersections where the cameras would be used.

A companion House bill stalled last week but could resurface later.

Minneapolis had red-light cameras for a few years before the state courts invalidated the city’s camera program.