- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

DENVER (AP) - The Latest on legislative attempt to ban or limit red-light cameras (all times local):

1 p.m.

Colorado lawmakers voted Friday to ban red-light cameras - even though the governor is almost certain to put the brakes on their plan.

A bill approved by a House-Senate negotiating committee would ban red-light cameras statewide after this year. The measure is a stricter ban than earlier versions of the bill, which could have allowed continued red-light cameras in school zones and construction zones.

The ban puts lawmakers on a direct collision course with the governor’s veto pen. Gov. John Hickenlooper vetoed two bills last year that would have banned red-light cameras, saying the photo enforcement protects public safety.

Hickenlooper suggested that lawmakers pursue red-light camera limits, but not a ban. It appears that lawmakers are unwilling to compromise on the unpopular cameras, though.


3:01 a.m.

Colorado lawmakers are trying again to figure out a new limit on red-light cameras.

Lawmakers have repeatedly tried in recent years to get rid of the cameras, which are unpopular with voters.

But so far lawmakers have failed to overcome vigorous opposition from cities that rely on unmanned traffic enforcement.

Lawmakers are trying Friday to rectify differences between the House and Senate on this year’s red-light camera attempt.

The House version bans red-light cameras on neighborhood streets, but would still allow them on major streets and in construction zones and school zones. Critics say it’s toothless.

The Senate version bans red-light cameras unless voters approve them. Problem is, a bill to do that was vetoed last year by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, and he says he’d veto the idea again.

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