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Iowa Senate OK's traffic camera ban, House OK's mental health bill

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DES MOINES (AP) -

The Iowa Senate has approved a bill that would ban automated traffic enforcement cameras in the state, though the measure's future is unclear.

The Republican-controlled chamber voted 32-18 Tuesday for the legislation, which would prohibit devices tracking vehicles that speed or run a red light.

The measure heads to the GOP-majority House, where leadership hasn't commented on its chances. A separate bill in the Legislature would instead add regulations for such cameras.

The nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency says eight cities operate about 80 related devices. A ban would reduce revenue for local governments by about $12 million annually.

The Legislature has considered a ban for years. The state's transportation department faced legal challenges recently for ordering cities to remove some cameras. The Iowa Supreme Court sided with the state last year.

In the House, legislators overwhelmingly approved a mental health bill, passing it 96-0.

The bill addresses a number of issues, including licensing of mental health facilities, disclosure of mental health issues to law enforcement and mental health and disability services quarterly reports, among others.

The bill's manager, Rep. Shannon Lundgren, R-Peosta, said the bill will build on Iowa's community-based mental health system and decrease fragmentation of services to improve care.

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