GOP Seeks To Halt Speed Camera Bill

The Maryland Republican Party has climbed aboard an effort to petition to referendum the state's recently passed speed camera legislation.
The bill, which Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is expected to sign, would authorize jurisdictions statewide to place speed cameras in school zones and work zones.
Over the weekend, the GOP's executive committee unanimously endorsed a move to join an existing petition effort to make the new law subject to a public vote. In Maryland, if enough signatures are collected, new laws can be suspended until the public has a say.
"This is another tax being placed on the citizens of Maryland," said party Chairman Jim Pelura. "The Maryland Republican Party says 'enough,' and we stand strongly behind placing this bill on the ballot in 2010 for the people to decide."