Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Governor Doyle’s proposed 2009-11 state budget includes the following:
“Under current law, law enforcement officers are prohibited from using any radar device combined with photographic identification of a vehicle (photo radar speed detection) to determine compliance with motor vehicle speed limits. This bill allows state and local law enforcement agencies to use photo radar speed detection to identify speed limit violations in highway work zones (work zone speed violations). The bill also allows DOT and local authorities to use traffic control photographic systems to identify motor vehicles that fail to stop at red traffic signals at intersections (red light violations). Subject to certain defenses, the bill allows liability to be imposed on the owner of a vehicle involved in a work zone speed violation detected through photo radar speed detection or involved in a red light violation detected by a traffic control photographic system.”
The governor is obviously a George Orwell fan.
The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) this week issued a memo identifying what it thought were 80 non-fiscal, policy items that were in Governor Doyle’s budget. One of them was the photo radar provision.
The budget is now being reviewed by the Legislature’s powerful Joint Finance Committee. The committee’s two Democrat co-chairs issued their own memo following the LFB’s opinion on policy items. The Joint Finance Committee co-chairs tossed out of the budget 45 of the 80 items cited by the LFB. One of them was photo radar.
That was a wise move. The implementation of photo radar should be debated by the proper legislative committees as a separate bill.