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By: AP Email
By: AP Email
Speed limit sign with the limit removed--add whatever you like in its place. Canon 30D, 70-200mm lens.

Speed limit sign with the limit removed--add whatever you like in its place. Canon 30D, 70-200mm lens.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A proposal that would raise the speed limit on Wisconsin's interstates to 70 mph continues to race through the Legislature.

The Assembly passed the bill earlier this month. A Senate committee plans to hold a public hearing on the measure Thursday and the full Senate could vote on it in November.

The bill would give the state Department of Transportation six months to change interstate speed limits from 65 mph to 70 mph. The agency would have to submit a study to the Legislature within a year on the feasibility of raising the limit to 70 mph on other four-lane highways.

Democratic opponents have raised safety concerns with increasing the speed limit, but backers say most people already drive that fast now anyhow.

AP-WF-10-26-13 1501GMT

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The state Assembly has approved a bill that would raise the speed limit on Wisconsin interstates.

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

Assembly Democrats contended the bill would lead to more serious accidents and higher expenses for trucking companies. They said lawmakers should focus on job creation. But Republicans control the chamber and the bill ultimately passed 63-32.

The proposal now goes to the state Senate.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly is set to consider a bill that would raise the speed limit on Wisconsin interstates.

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

The Assembly is set to vote on the bill Tuesday afternoon. Republicans control the chamber, making passage all but certain.

Approval would send the bill on to the state Senate.


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