UPDATE: Arizona Senate declines to remove photo radar ban

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PHOENIX -- Senators beat back an attempt to remove a ban on state highway speed enforcement cameras from a bill moving through the Arizona Legislature.

The move came in a rare Saturday session scheduled so Senators could act on a crush of bills before the fiscal year ends on Tuesday.

A Senate committee added the photo enforcement ban to a wide-ranging transportation bill it approved Thursday.

An amendment introduced by Gilbert Republican Sen. Thayer Verschoor tried to remove the photo enforcement ban during the floor session, but Senators voted it down in a voice vote.

Arizona lawmakers created the first statewide network of speed enforcement cameras last year.

Supporters say the cameras improve safety, but opponents say they distract drivers.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Senate committee looking to ban photo-enforcement cams

PHOENIX -- A state Senate committees is looking to get rid of the speed-enforcement cameras that are the bane of so many Arizona drivers.

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The committee yesterday approved a measure banning the cameras. It was part of a transportation bill.

Arizona lawmakers last year created the first statewide network of speed-enforcement cameras. Those cameras have been a source of controversy ever since.

In the first five months of operation, the cams snapped about 700,000 photos.

Earlier this year, House committees passed a similar ban on photo enforcement, but the measure failed as passing a new state budget took priority.