This time, Senator Russell Pearce, self-proclaimed anti-photo-radar, conservative Senator from Mesa has worked hard on passing this real headscratcher.
SB1018, “Photo Enforcement Procedures”, as amended, sponsored by Pearce and co-sponsored by Sen. Sylvia Allen and Sen. Thayer Verschoor, enables the following:
1) Allows Redflex, a foreign corporation to directly hire off-duty policemen to serve you photo radar tickets at your home.
2) Allows the service of photo-radar summons to be served to you at your home even though no charge has been filed with the court
3) Extends the amount of time process servers (or off-duty cops) can serve you a photo radar summons from 90 to 120 days
4) (and here’s the real headscratcher, if the previous ones weren’t) retroactively indemnifies County Boards of Supervisors from previous illegal (undercurrent state law) actions they have taken such as passing increases on court service costs.
Given the political orientation (McCainiac, anti-sheriff Joe, anti-Andy Thomas) of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, it’s hard to imagine why Senator Pearce would find it so important to come to their aid to retroactively indemnify them for their past improper actions.
So here we have the “Liberty Caucus”, Senator Pearce, and Senator Sylvia Allen, and others who are also self-proclaimed anti-photo-radar opponents who are sponsoring and voting for one of the most egregious pro-photo-radar, invasive bills of the entire legislative session.
At this point it’s in the House. If you don’t like it, call your state Rep. But, for goodness sakes, ask the Liberty Caucus members what in the world they are doing!
Also, it should be pointed out that the Arizona Republican Party passed a resolution against photo radar in 2009.
P.S. – Sandy Doty, Resquiat in Pacem, April 2010, our prayers are with you and your family.