Leon Valley, Balcones Heights pushing against Texas bill to end red light cameras

The cities of Leon Valley and Balcones Heights say they are going to fight for the right to govern locally as they face off against state leaders who have introduced bills looking to ban the use of the traffic light cameras.

There are 10 bills filed in the state Legislature. House Bill 1631 is the most recent and has more than 90 co-authors, several of whom are from Bexar County.

The city of Leon Valley is joining forces with the Texas Traffic Safety Coalition, a conglomerate of municipalities who are against the bills.

Leon Valley City Manager Kelly Kuenstler said the decision to install the 13 red light cameras a year ago was highly supported by the community, and it received an even higher approval rating a year after they were installed.