UPDATE: Wis. Assembly Poised to OK new Speed Limit

By: Associated Press/ WSAW Staff Email
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UPDATE: Mon 10:03 AM, Oct. 14, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly is poised to pass a bill this week that would raise the speed limit on Wisconsin's interstates.

The measure would raise the current 65 mph limit to 70 mph on the interstates and require state transportation officials to submit a study on the feasibility of raising the limit to 70 on other four-lane highways within a year.

An earlier version of the bill included a list of about two dozen segments of road where the limit would go to 70 mph. The proposal's author, Rep. Paul Tittl, a Manitowoc Republican, revised the language to remove the list, however. He said he wanted to make things simpler.

The Assembly is set to vote on the bill Tuesday afternoon. Approval would send the measure on to the Senate.

UPDATED: Tue 2:39 AM, Sept 05, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Drivers will get a chance to sound off this week on a Republican bill that would raise Wisconsin's speed limit.

The Assembly transportation committee has scheduled a public hearing on the proposal for Tuesday in the state Capitol.

The bill would change the state's current maximum 65 mph speed limit to 70 mph on freeways and highways with four or more lanes.

The measure's prospects look unclear. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos supports the bill but Senate Republican leaders say they have to plans to take up it up anytime soon and Gov. Scott Walker has taken no position on it.

UPDATE: Thurs 10:24 AM, Aug 22, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's four interstates and Highway 41 to the Fox Valley are the roads most likely to have 70 mph speed limits if a proposal to raise the limit passes the state Legislature.

That's according to a preliminary report from the state Department of Transportation that Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos gave to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Vos is backing Republican Rep. Paul Tittl's proposal to raise the speed limit, but Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has said he has no plans to bring up the measure any time soon.

Gov. Scott Walker's administration has been noncommittal.

ORIGINAL STORY: Mon 7:12 PM, Aug 19, 2013

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he'll back a proposed bill that would raise state speed limits from 65 mph to 70 mph.

A Journal Times of Racine report says the Rochester Republican mentioned the bill during a luncheon Friday hosted by the conservative group Americans for Prosperity.

Vos says the bill is the idea of state Rep. Paul Tittl, a Manitowoc Republican. Vos says the move would bring Wisconsin in line with its neighboring Midwestern states.

Vos also says several election-related changes will be brought up when legislators return for the fall session in mid-September.

One is a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow recalls only in the case of criminal wrongdoing or malfeasance in office. Another would involve tweaks to failed voter ID legislation.

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