Update 2: (August 19th, 11pm):
As expected, Council Member Lovell blocked the repeal bill from being voted on. Since the procedural delay is a one-time option, both items will face a vote on Wednesday.
Update (August 17th, 7pm):
Council Member Sue Lovell used a procedural maneuver to delay the vote on shutting the cameras off. It is expected she will do the same to the repeal bill at the special session Friday. This would put both items back on the agenda next Wednesday.
News broke over the weekend that Houston Mayor Annise Parker had placed an agenda item on this Wednesday’s council meeting related to the red light cameras.
This is after a packed public speakers session last Tuesday in the council chambers, where citizen after citizen accused her and the council of ignoring the will of the voters by turning them back on.
As the details filled in, it became clear that the issue now facing the council members this week is a vote to shut the cameras off yet again, and “roll the dice” with American Traffic Solutions (ATS) over any termination fees related to the contract.
Today, Mayor Parker issued a call for a special session of the city council this Friday, where she will present an ordinance to repeal authorization of photographic enforcement. She is pressuring council members to not delay the vote, and get this passed during the special session. Continue reading