House panel dispatches some real 'turkeys'
One of the most important jobs of a legislative committee is to quickly weed out the multitude of muddle-headed bills that lawmakers introduce. By that standard, the House Environmental Matters Committee did some fine work last week killing off some of the "turkeys" proposed for changes to state traffic law.
Gone is the bill that would limit the use of work zone speed cameras to times when crews are present in the zone -- a measure that overlooked the increased hazards caused by closed shoulders, lane shifts and the presence of construction equipment. Gone is a goofy bill -- inspired by lobbyist Bruce Bereano -- that would have sealed court records of speed camera violations.
Also dead is a bill lowering Maryland's already lenient fine for speeding violations caught by cameras from $40 to $30. The committee also killed a bill requiring wordy signage at work zones monitored by cameras to warn drivers of what they should already know -- that the work zones are in effect 24/7.