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Speed limit may go upSubmitted: 08/20/2013
Story By Lex Gray & The Associated Press


MADISON/HAZELHURST - Do you think the speed limit in Wisconsin should go up to 70 miles per hour? A Republican lawmaker says yes.

Representative Paul Tittl of Manitowoc proposed raising the speed limit today. The state legislature will consider that question this fall.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos supports it. So far, the bill doesn't have a sponsor in the Senate.

But 12th district Senator Tom Tiffany said he would consider co-sponsoring.

"Our neighboring states all have it, Illinois just passed it," Tiffany said. "I think we're going to need to look at the safety concerns that may be out there, look at perhaps the crash data from some other states that have done this, to see if it's had an impact. But if we don't have serious safety concerns, I think it's a proposal worth considering."

We don't know yet how long it could take this bill to get through the Assembly and Senate.

Governor Walker hasn't given his opinion, nor has the Wisconsin State Patrol.

But Tiffany is hearing from voters.

"It really depends on how much momentum this has. I've been hearing from actually a fair number of constituents about this issue, most of them in favor of it, a few that disagree, they would like to see it stay at 65 miles per hour, but I'm hearing good support from my constituents in the district so far."

If the bill becomes law, Wisconsin would become the 35th state in the union to have a speed limit of 70 mph.

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