02/07/2014 - Cities from across Missouri are awaiting a decision by the Missouri Supreme Court as to whether it will hear appeals filed in cases challenging the validity of red-light camera ordinances.
The Missouri Municipal League, which represents the interests of 694 municipalities across the state, has filed amicus briefs in support of the Missouri Supreme Court hearing the appeals.
According to the league, inconsistent lower-court rulings have caused uncertainty for municipalities on a wide range of local public safety ordinances beyond red-light cameras.
"Local elected officials and law enforcement need the ability to pass and enforce municipal ordinances dealing with public safety," said Dan Ross, Municipal League executive director. "These conflicting lower court rulings have caused uncertainty and threaten to undermine the very system of local control that Missourians strongly support. We hope the Missouri Supreme Court will hear these appeals and provide the cities the guidance they need to improve public safety through local ordinances."
More than 30 Missouri municipalities, including St. Louis and Kansas City, have local ordinances dealing with red-light safety camera enforcement. While some of these cities continue to enforce the ordinances, others have temporarily suspended their programs due to uncertainty caused by conflicting court rulings.