Columbus drops lawsuit against state over traffic camera law

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The city of Columbus has dropped its lawsuit against the state over a law that effectively banned red light cameras.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the city dismissed the lawsuit last month, saying that they don’t have the camera program anymore and other cities across the state are involved in similar litigation.

The move comes about a year after the state legislature approved new measures that require a police officer to be present when the cameras detect an infraction.

Columbus said in its lawsuit that the law violated the city’s home-rule power. But legislators argued that the cameras were a cash-grab for cities.

The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of Dayton’s challenge of a court decision that ruled in favor of the law.

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