A House panel has voted to ban the use of automated cameras to enforce traffic laws. The House Transportation Committee approved the ban Thursday on a 15-6 vote, sending it to the full House for debate. Backers say that public sentiment is overwhelmingly against using the cameras. They say the current enforcement system is based on the discretion of police officers and using the cameras takes away that discretion. Some legislators initially sought to allow the cameras, but limit the amount that drivers would be forced to pay in fines. That effort was defeated. Opponents say it's clear the cameras make the roads safer and that should be the top priority for lawmakers. They argue there's nothing underhanded about the cameras, which are being used in cities around the state.