In our estimation, photo ticketing in Arizona is a 70%+ oppose and less than 30% favor issue across the spectrum. Those numbers change, of course, when it comes to Arizona state legislators who were filling their pockets with clean election/photo radar ticket money.
That’s why Arizona is in the mess we’re in with the cameras littering our streets but the state of Washington is a very different story of late.
You may remember that the initiative to ban photo ticketing in the Seattle suburb of Mukilteo passed by 71% in November.
Campaign for Liberty of Washington State coordinators Alex Rion and Nick Sherwood worked to introduce legislation last week which bans red light cameras in that state and have a whopping 1/3 of the House of Representatives as cosponsors.
We contacted Nick Sherwood to ask about just who has put their name on this bill. “The former Speaker Pro Tempore, a democrat, introduced the bill, but we have both Republicans and Democrats who have cosponsored it.”
Rion spoke with many of the cosponsors but the quote of the week came from newly elected house member Cindy Ryu, who refused to put her name on the bill because in her estimation, the state of Washington needs “more money for social programs.” Rion told us “when I asked her why she would want to support a system which pays 1/3 of its revenue to Goldman Sachs (major stakeholder in ATS) she said I’ll do whatever it takes to get the money.”
What a shocker!
Sherwood and Rion’s website is BanCams.com. They can also be found on: