Todd Gardenhire gets chilly reception on traffic camera ban from Senate Transportation Committee chairman

A traffic camera monitors the traffic signal on Martin Luther King Boulevard.

NASHVILLE - A proposed ban on the use of traffic cameras by Chattanooga and other Tennessee municipalities glided through a House subcommittee this afternoon.

But the bill's Senate sponsor, Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, got chilly reception from the chairman of the upper chamber's Transportation Committee, Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville.

"Let me tell you members what's happened on this bill," Tracy said as the bill came up at the end of the committee's allotted time. "[Four] years ago, [House] Chairman Vince Dean and myself, we spent two years working on legislation dealing with red-light cameras. I know one of the chiefs knows how hard we worked for two years.

"We put state parameters on. My personal opinion [is] this is a local issue," Tracy said.