Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley on Twitter blasted the tax hike and camera restrictions. “The Ohio Legislature: raises your taxes and makes your cities less safe—all in one vote. We are never safe when the legislature is in session.”
Gov. Mike DeWine said he plans to review the bill and sign it as quickly as possible. He declined to say whether he would line-item veto anything. When asked about the traffic camera restriction language, the governor said “I don’t have any thoughts on it at this time.”
In March 2015, a law took effect that required cities using traffic cameras to station a full-time police officer with each camera in use; conduct a three-year traffic study before deploying a camera; give speeders a “leeway” before issuing tickets.
Dayton challenged the 2015 law in court.
In July 2017, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled in a 5-2 decision that the law conflicted with cities’ home-rule authority. The Ohio Constitution gives municipalities self-governance powers as long as local ordinances don’t conflict with the state’s general laws.
Last month, Whaley and Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said they oppose attempts by lawmakers to make it more difficult for cities to use traffic camera technology.
“We already won this battle in the supreme court. Let us not have the same fight again,” Whaley said last week. “We will sue again. We will win again. And we will have a bad relationship. We want to turn the page. We are showing that we want to turn the page. We’re asking the Legislature to do the same.”