Ariz. Senate panel backs changes to speed cameras

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona legislators say they want to make the state's groundbreaking and controversial highway speed-camera program fairer even while waiting for voters to decide whether to repeal it outright.

A Senate committee on Wednesday voted 6-1 for a bill that includes requirements on camera locations, warning signs and other procedural steps. It says some of the fines collected must pay for law enforcement equipment.

The Public Safety and Human Services Committee also endorsed a proposed ballot measure with the same provisions. They did not hear a separate proposed ballot measure that would prohibit speed cameras on highways.

But the committee heard testimony that an initiative campaign is sure to put a repeal on the November ballot.

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