Branstad Backs DOT Traffic Camera Rules

Governor Terry Branstad delivers the Condition of the State address at the State Capitol Building in Des Moines on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)

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By Katie Stinson

DES MOINES, Iowa - Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday he believes the Department of Transportation rules regulating traffic enforcement cameras along state highways will stand because he does not believe the Legislature will be able to pass a law to override the action.

DOT rules pertaining to cameras used to monitor red-light and speeding violations along interstate and primary roadways passing through Iowa cities or counties take effect Wednesday. At his weekly news conference Monday, Branstad applauded the DOT guidelines that protect public safety and are “clearly appropriate."

The governor said lawmakers have been “all over the board” on bills dealing with traffic cameras in recent years and he was not anticipating any legislation making it to his desk this session.

“I think the DOT found an appropriate middle ground,” he said.

Officials in at least one city that has traffic monitoring cameras are considering taking legal action for the executive-branch agency’s rules that they believe over-step the DOT’s authority and violate constitutional home rule rights of cities and counties.

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