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Speed limit bill moves on to Senate

Published On: Oct 31 2013 07:44:41 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 31 2013 07:44:48 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

The speed limit discussion in Wisconsin will move on to the Senate after a committee discussed pros and cons at a hearing Thursday afternoon.

The proposed bill would bump the speed limit up from 65 to 70 miles per hour on freeways and expressways.

It passed on a 63-32 vote two weeks ago in the Assembly, but there are still questions if it will pass as easily in the Senate.

“Sometimes people assume that an increase in speed limit will lead to an increase in fatalities. That assumption is simply not true,” said Rep. Paul Tittl, R-Manitowoc.

"When we have a trip bus going to Green Bay, Milwaukee, Madison, they’re not used to going 80 mph, 75 mph, fighting that traffic,” said Harold Steenbeck, a Supervisor at Hortonville Busing.

Some trucking companies have expressed concerns about the higher limit's impact on fuel efficiency.

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