- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The House has given initial approval to a bill preventing license suspensions because of a missed photo radar court date.

Rep. J.D. Mesnard’s House Bill 2221 is part of an annual Republican effort aimed at stopping or restricting electronic ticketing.

Mesnard said process servers have lied about serving summons, leading to surprise license suspensions for innocent drivers. His bill is designed to prevent those cases and awaits a formal vote after Thursday’s action.

Two other Republican bills have been introduced this year.

A Senate committee has passed Rep. Kelli Ward’s bill banning photo radar use statewide. Senate Bill 1167 awaits floor action.

Rep. Bob Thorpe’s House Bill 2564 requires police to oversee photo radar tickets before they are issued. It failed to pass a House committee earlier this week.

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