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Settling accounts

Lawmakers hope to tap unneeded special funds to find needed money

By Lee Catterall

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 28, 2013

~~<p>In 2002, then-Gov. Ben Cayetano and the Legislature responded to angry motorists by bringing the notorious Photo Traffic Enforcement Program &mdash; the van cam law &mdash; to a screeching halt. No longer would drivers get traffic citations issued automatically based on traffic cameras parked in white vans along the highway.</p>
<p>However, one vestige of the van cam law remained in place, even though it served no purpose: the van cam's Photo Enforcement Revolving Fund. Not until two years ago did someone notice that the nearly $3.5 million in the fund was gathering dust. Only then, during the recession, did the Legislature move the money to the state's general fund, which comprises mainly tax revenue.</p>
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In 2002, then-Gov. Ben Cayetano and the Legislature responded to angry motorists by bringing the notorious Photo Traffic Enforcement Program — the van cam law — to a screeching halt. No longer would drivers get traffic citations issued automatically based on traffic cameras parked in white vans along the highway.

However, one vestige of the van cam law remained in place, even though it served no purpose: the van cam's Photo Enforcement Revolving Fund. Not until two years ago did someone notice that the nearly $3.5 million in the fund was gathering dust. Only then, during the recession, did the Legislature move the money to the state's general fund, which comprises mainly tax revenue. Login for more...



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