COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- A House-passed measure to ban red light and speed cameras in the state is making its way through the Senate.
"I am in strong support of House Bill 69," said Sen. Bill Seitz, a Cincinnati Republican carrying the legislation in the Senate. "We can't vote on that bill soon enough to suit me!"
Seitz says he originally moved a similar bill through the Ohio General Assembly in 2006. It was vetoed as one of the last acts of then-Gov. Bob Taft.
"As a result cities all around the state from Elmwood Place to Cleveland and Akron, Toledo, Dayton, Columbus have all put these programs in place," he said.
Now the fight is on to get rid of them once and for all. Seitz believes it won't be easy because these cities have gotten "addicted" to the revenue stream they provide. Many have lined up to testify against the bill citing safety concerns.
The current bill was introduced in the Ohio House by State Rep. Ron Maag (R-Lebanon) and State Rep. Dale Mallory (D-Cincinnati).
"It's time for the cash-grab scam of red light cameras to stop," said Seitz.
Cameras could remain in school zones as long as a police officer was on site to monitor them.
The bill got it's first hearing before a Senate committee this week. Seitz isn't sure when it might make it to the full Senate floor for a vote.