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H.R. 2962: Traffic Camera Freedom Act of 2019


The text of the bill below is as of May 23, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2962

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 23, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

A BILL

To amend chapter 1 of title 23, United States Code, to condition the receipt of certain highway funding by States on the enactment of certain laws to prevent the use of automated traffic enforcement systems.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Traffic Camera Freedom Act of 2019.

2.

Prohibition on the use of automated traffic enforcement systems

(a)

In general

Chapter 1 of title 23, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

171.

Prohibition on the use of automated traffic enforcement systems

(a)

Laws prohibiting automated traffic enforcement systems

A State meets the requirements of this subsection if the State has enacted and is enforcing a law that prohibits the use of automated traffic enforcement systems.

(b)

Withholding of funds for noncompliance

On October 1 of the first year after enactment, and on October 1 of each fiscal year thereafter, the Secretary shall withhold 50 percent of the amount required to be apportioned to a State under each of paragraphs (1) and (2) of section 104(b) if the State does not meet the requirements of subsection (a).

(c)

Period of availability of withheld funds; effect of compliance and noncompliance

(1)

Period of availability of withheld funds

Any funds withheld under subsection (b) from apportionment to a State shall remain available for apportionment to the State until the end of the third fiscal year following the fiscal year for which the funds are authorized to be appropriated.

(2)

Apportionment of withheld funds after compliance

If, before the last day of the period for which funds withheld under subsection (b) from apportionment are to remain available for apportionment to a State under paragraph (1), the State meets the requirements of subsection (a), the Secretary shall, on the first day on which the State meets the requirements of subsection (a), apportion to the State the funds withheld under subsection (b) that remain available for apportionment to the State.

(3)

Period of availability of subsequently apportioned funds

Any funds apportioned pursuant to paragraph (2)—

(A)

shall remain available for expenditure until the end of the third fiscal year following the fiscal year in which the funds are so apportioned; and

(B)

if not apportioned at the end of that period, shall lapse.

(4)

Effect of noncompliance

If, at the end of the period for which funds withheld under subsection (b) from apportionment are available for apportionment to a State under paragraph (1), the State does not meet the requirements of subsection (a), the funds shall lapse.

(d)

Definition of automated traffic enforcement system

In this section, the term automated traffic enforcement system has the meaning given such term in section 402(c)(4)(B) of title 23, United States Code.

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(b)

Conforming amendment

The analysis for chapter 1 of title 23, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

171. Prohibition on the use of automated traffic enforcement systems.

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