on speed cameras, planning to pay new speed camera management company Brekford $11.20 per $40 ticket with the city claiming they're well within state law to do so however the director of the city's DOT stated publicly their goal was to move away from the "bounty system".
What sort of attorneys does Baltimore City have??? Both O'Malley and state lawmakers are saying this system is illegal:Baltimore plans to pay its new speed camera contractor $11.20 per $40 citation — continuing its use of a so-called bounty system that Gov. Martin O'Malley and key state legislators say is illegal under Maryland law.
"Talking to our attorneys here, we're within state law," said Adrienne Barnes, a spokeswoman for the city Department of Transportation. She said no contract has yet been signed with the new vendor, Brekford Corp. of Hanover.
The city's plan for how to pay Brekford had been unclear until Thursday. Last month, the Transportation Department's director, Khalil A. Zaied, publicly called it "our goal" to abandon a pay-by-citation model, which critics say gives contractors a financial incentive to process dubious citations. Officials with the city and Xerox have said profits never played a role in the citation approval process.
So what will happen next I wonder, a lawsuit filed by the State of Maryland against the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore City?But a sponsor of the 2009 law, Sen. James N. Robey, a Howard County Democrat, has said his aim was to bar any contracts that paid vendors a cut of each ticket. The approach has been called a "bounty system" by opponents in court. Robey said he thinks governments should pay a set fee, regardless of how many citations are generated, to remove any incentive to issue questionable tickets.
O'Malley said last month that arrangements such as the city's violate the law: "The law says you're not supposed to charge by volume. I don't think we should charge by volume. If any county is, they need to change their program."