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The Time for Action – Ending Red Light Camera Scams in Texas

The folks over at Trash Your Ticket on Facebook have posted the following call to action:

The time for the statewide camera ban bill is getting close. Please call EVERYONE on the transportation committee and tell them to vote to pass the bill out of committee. It is SB340 that you should ask them to pass.http://www.senate.state.tx.us/7…/Senate/commit/c640/c640.htm

We’ve been quietly awaiting this legislation – a statewide ban is the most efficient solution to end the corporate greed that has infiltrated our local law enforcement and communities. If this fails, we’ll have no choice but to petition in each and every community across Texas. Red Light corporations and local governments have been showing resistance through legal action and denying legal petitions so they can hang on to their ill-gotten gains, but if it comes to that, we’ll be there. If this law passes however, we’ll have cut the problem off at the source.

For all of you that have contacted Free Denton and asked how you can help – this is your moment.

Interested in SB340? Read about it here. The bill does not harm or injure any local, home rule authority. The ONLY thing this bill does is change the wording of the EXISTING state law which allowed this scam to proliferate in the first place.

List of the members of the Transportation Committee and their contact info at the capitol:

The Honorable Robert Nichols
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0103
1-800-959-8633 (toll-free)

The Honorable Don Huffines
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0116

The Honorable Rodney G. Ellis
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0113
(512) 463-0006 (fax)

The Honorable Sylvia R. Garcia
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0106

The Honorable Troy Fraser
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0124

The Honorable Bob Hall
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0102
(512) 463-7202 (fax)

The Honorable Kelly Hancock
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0109

The Honorable Lois Kolkhorst
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0118

The Honorable Van Taylor
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0108

Next Step?

While several Council Members requested “staff to comment on my speech” this very likely amounts to politics as usual. They are on track to steal well over a million dollars from our local community this year, so it’s extremely doubtful they will choose to do the right thing.

Lobbyists have bought and sold this country ten times over. It may seem hopeless, and I know many people have simply accepted this as a reality, but if we mobilize against them, we will be unstoppable.

The next step is to start a petition. I’m exploring the process right now. According to city ordinances we need five “electors” to form the committee of petitioners. I have some ideas, but I want to hear from YOU.

An elector would need to be able to devote time to fighting to restore our rights. Collecting signatures from not only their own social circles but at public events.

The folks over at http://www.frackfreedenton.com have gone the extra mile and founded a non-profit organization to raise funds for their cause.

I’m looking for any local Denton residents to come join the fight. One voice at a council meeting won’t be enough, I need ALL of you. We need to reclaim our democracy from lobbyists and corporate interests. Who’s ready to fight?

Please comment or contact me by email at russ.linton at gmail.com.