New speed camera bill would set 2010 repeal

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PHOENIX -- Elimination of the state's speed camera program wouldn't happen until July 2010 under new legislation proposed by a lawmaker who originally wanted an immediate repeal.

Republican Rep. Sam Crump of Anthem said he changed the bill because colleagues were worried about potential liability to the state resulting from an immediate repeal.

The contract with the company running the Department of Public Safety speed camera program requires state payments if it is canceled before it runs out in 2010.

The new version of Crump's bill also contains numerous provisions imposing new requirements and restrictions on signs, speed limits and other aspects before the program expires.

A House committee was scheduled to hear the new version Wednesday but consideration was postponed for a week.

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