MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A proposal that would raise the speed limit on Wisconsin's interstates to 70 mph may run out of gas in the state Senate.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald tells The Associated Press that the bill does not currently have enough support to pass. It takes 17 votes to pass in the Senate.
Fitzgerald said Friday that work continues behind the scenes to address concerns about the bill, and it may still come up for a vote next year.
The Assembly passed the measure in October on a 63-32 bipartisan vote.
The bill would give the state Department of Transportation six months to change interstate speed limits from 65 mph to 70 mph. It would also allow for a lower 65 mph speed limit for commercial vehicles.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Bills designed to toughen Wisconsin's notoriously weak drunken driving laws that passed the state Assembly with bipartisan support may be going nowhere in the Senate.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald tells The Associated Press he would prefer to spend money on setting up special drunken driving treatment courts statewide before considering the bills. He said Friday the courts would be a more effective way to tackle drunken driving.
One of the bills awaiting Senate action would make all second offenses misdemeanors. Under current law, a second offense committed more than 10 years after a first offense is considered a first offense.
Another proposal would require all first-time offenders to make an appearance in court. A third bill would ensure that court-ordered ignition interlock devices are promptly installed.