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Freshman Republican Proposes Bill To Ban Traffic Cameras In D.C.

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A freshman lawmaker is seeking to eliminate all traffic cameras in the District.
A freshman lawmaker is seeking to eliminate all traffic cameras in the District.

The latest home-rule tussle between D.C. and Congress involves a bill by a Michigan Tea Party Republican that would eliminate all types of automatic traffic enforcement in the District.

Republican freshman Rep. Kerry Bentivolio from Detroit authored the Safer Streets Act of 2013 bill, which would apply only to streets in D.C. Bentivolio wants to remove all the speed cameras and red light cameras in the city.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton opposes the measure, asking, "Who does he think he is?"

Two Republican lawmakers — one from Arizona, and one from Texas — are sponsoring the bill. But it's highly unlikely the bill will get a green light out of committee.

Del. Norton offers some further advice: "What is he doing for his own people, back in Michigan? They ought to be phoning him, telling him to mind our business, not the business of the people of the District of Columbia."

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