UPDATED: Speed cameras not dead yet
UPDATE 3: The 10 minutes expired, and Miller called a vote -- after E.J. Pipkin once again talked about Big Brother and unwarranted government intervention. The final vote was 27-20. Wow. What a turn of events.
UPDATE 2: The Senate just approved, at about 11:03 a.m., a cloture vote to limit debate on the speed camera bill, ending Mooney's filibuster. The vote got exactly the 29-person supermajority needed. Miller said the chamber needed to get to the budget; Mooney said he was "disappointed." So debate will end after 10 minutes.
UPDATE: The motion to reconsider the legislation has been overwhelmingly approved, and the Senate is again debating speed cameras. Several of the senators who voted yes for preliminary approval and no on the final plan voted "yes" to reconsider -- namely, Mike Miller, Bobby Zirkin and Ulysses Currie. So the debate is going on again, at 10:55 a.m., and Sen. Alex Mooney, a Republican, is waging a filibuster.
Aides to Senate leadership say that the speed camera legislation killed by a single vote Wednesday night is not quite dead yet.
Expect a procedural move to reconsider the vote this morning, aides tell The Baltimore Sun's Laura Smitherman.
A bill authorizing speed cameras within a half-mile radius of all schools, as well as highway work zones, appeared cleared for passage Tuesday, when it gained preliminary Senate approval. So Wednesday night's rejection was a complete surprise.
The legislation is a priority of Gov. Martin O'Malley's. It's likely that he is working behind the scenes to build support.