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State Senate to delay speed-limit bill

MADISON (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Wisconsin will not raise its top speed limit anytime soon. Senate Republicans put the brakes yesterday on an Assembly proposal to raise the limit from 65-miles-an-hour to 70 on the state’s major four-lane highways. Senate G-O-P leader Scott Fitzgerald said it’s not likely to be part of the agenda for the fall session in his chamber.

Senate Republican Finance chair Alberta Darling said she has no idea why the speed limit issue is coming up now – and she’s more concerned about the economy and improving schools. The bill’s chief Assembly sponsor, freshman Republican Paul Tittl of Manitowoc, said the bill could help the economy, and let workers with long commutes spend more time with their families. Tittl dismissed safety concerns, saying that hardly anybody drives 65 on the expressways.

Most other states have top speed limits of 70-or-75. Former Senate Republican Tom Reynolds of West Allis pushed a bill eight years ago to raise the four-lane speed limit to 75, but his measure went nowhere.