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posted by janrinok on Sunday June 21 2015, @04:24PM   Printer-friendly
from the back-to-eating-donuts dept.

In a rare move against the advance of license plate readers, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) has vetoed a plan to acquire the scanners in the Bayou State. It had previously passed both houses of the Louisiana legislature overwhelmingly.

Many law enforcement agencies nationwide use these specialized cameras to scan cars and compare them at incredible speeds to a "hot list" of stolen or wanted vehicles. In some cases, that data is kept for weeks, months, or even years.

[Related]: Governor's Statement

Senate Bill No. 250

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 22 2015, @02:16AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 22 2015, @02:16AM (#199254)

    The article says the bill passed both chambers "overwhelmingly". I don't know the LA election process or atmosphere, but that sounds like there would be enough votes to override his veto, which means his veto is most likely simple electioneering for someone who wants to be President. The real test would have been if there wasn't enough votes to override him, then his veto would actually mean something real. Maybe he really feels like he says he does on this topic, but you can't really tell that from the circumstances here if his veto gets overridden.

    This happens in Congress all the time. On contentious issues, lots of votes are withheld by Congressmen in "vulnerable" districts until very late. They wait to see if their vote actually matters. If it doesn't, they can then cast their vote in whatever direction politically suits them and go back to their districts talking about how they are fighting the good fight. If you watch the vote counts on CSPAN as they come in, you get a bunch up front from the ones that are confident in their vote, then it trickles along until either the required number to pass is reached, or if the outstanding votes left can't cross that threshold, then you see the rest pile in quickly.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 22 2015, @12:18PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 22 2015, @12:18PM (#199381)

    We have a winner. Jindal is only concerned about one thing....getting elected. He is 100% politician. Anyone who thinks otherwise is a fool.

    Source: actually from Louisiana

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 22 2015, @06:10PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 22 2015, @06:10PM (#199530)

    Each party's Whip handles brokering the arrangements for congressmen in districts vulnerable to the given issue. In essence, for most major pieces of legislation, the vote counts are known in advance, with significant repercussions for those who reverse their position at the last minute. What you see on CSPAN during the vote count is more a fact that the Capitol complex is large, and it can take 15 or 20 minutes to get from their office to the floor for the vote.