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HOA radar gun bill killed

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A bill that would regulate radar guns when it comes to HOAs isn't going anywhere in the state Legislature. (Source: 3TV) A bill that would regulate radar guns when it comes to HOAs isn't going anywhere in the state Legislature. (Source: 3TV)
Rep. Townsend's bill to regulate radar use was recently voted down and never got off the ground. (Source: 3TV) Rep. Townsend's bill to regulate radar use was recently voted down and never got off the ground. (Source: 3TV)
Bernie Van Emden couldn't believe he was busted for speeding by his HOA. (Source: 3TV) Bernie Van Emden couldn't believe he was busted for speeding by his HOA. (Source: 3TV)
Rep. Townsend's bill to regulate radar use was recently voted down and never got off the ground. (Source: 3TV) Rep. Townsend's bill to regulate radar use was recently voted down and never got off the ground. (Source: 3TV)
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State Rep. Kelly Townsend remains optimistic that her House Bill 2540 will somehow be resurrected.

“The death of House Bill 2540? What happened?” 3 On Your Side’s Gary Harper asked.

“Okay, so it's not dead yet,” Townsend said.

Townsend authored the bill after recently seeing a 3 On Your Side report regarding gated communities that are using radar guns to fine speeders.

[READ MORE: UPDATE: Legislator wants to crack down on HOAs using radar guns]

"Well, I think that just you doing the story has opened a lot of people's eyes to the problem at hand," Rep. Townsend said.

You may recall Bernie Van Emden told 3 On Your Side that he was shocked when he found out his HOA used a radar gun that it had purchased and busted him for driving 37 in a 35 mile an hour zone.

[READ MORE: Can your HOA issue you a speeding ticket?]

"When you got that letter from the HOA, what did you think?" Harper asked.

"I thought it was the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard in my life," Van Emden said.

Rep. Townsend says even more ridiculous is the fact that certified police officers are not the ones operating the radar and issuing fines.

In Van Emden’s community, the radar guns are run by his own neighbors out of something called the patrol office.

James Curcio runs the patrol office and claims it's all about safety.

“How many citations do you think you've issued?” Harper asked him.

“Is it dozens or hundreds?" Harper asked.

“It's hard to say, but I'd say hundreds," Curcio replied.

But, Rep. Townsend's bill to regulate radar use was recently voted down and never got off the ground.

However, she's not letting it go, saying she may try to attach the language to a similar bill sometime in the future.

Regardless, she credits 3 On Your Side for exposing HOAs and the use of radar guns.

She also says although her bill was voted down, it has still sparked debate within HOAs.

"Yeah, the HOAs are now talking. The managers and the people who are on the boards of HOAs are now trying to decide what do we need to do to be more appropriate when it comes to speeding on private roads," she said.

If there’s an update on this measure, 3 On Your Side will let you know.

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Gary HarperGary Harper is the senior consumer and investigative reporter for 3 On Your Side at KTVK-TV.

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Gary Harper
3 On Your Side

With more than 20 years of television experience, Gary has established himself as a leader in the industry when it comes to assisting viewers and resolving their consumer-related issues. His passion and enthusiasm have helped him earn an Emmy for Best Consumer Reporter from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He’s also garnered several Emmy nominations

He has negotiated resolutions with companies of all sizes, including some of the biggest corporations in the nation.

Gary has successfully recouped more than $1 million for viewers around the state, making 3 On Your Side one of the most popular segments on KTVK and the station's Web site.

He's best known for investigating and confronting unscrupulous contractors. In fact, many of his news reports have led to police investigations and jail time for those who were caught. Viewers, as well as the companies and people he investigates, regard him as consistently being thorough and fair.

Gary has been with KTVK-TV since 1997. Prior to his arrival in Phoenix, he worked for WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he was as an anchor and reporter.

Gary is from Chicago, but launched his television career in Lubbock, Texas, after earning a broadcast journalism degree from Texas Tech University. Following his graduation, he was quickly hired by KLBK-TV in Lubbock, where he enterprised and broke numerous exclusive reports. His aggressive reporting in Texas helped garner him Best Reporter by the Associated Press.

Gary has been married since 1994 and is the proud father of two sons. When he's not helping viewers, Gary is busy catching up on his favorite college and professional football teams as well as cheering on his beloved Texas Tech Red Raiders.

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