Senate agrees to raise speed limit
KSCB News - April 1, 2011 11:45 am
TOPEKA | A proposal to raise the speed limit on some Kansas highways to 75 mph cleared a big hurdle this morning in the Kansas Senate.
The Senate voted 23-14 to approve the speed limit increase, which would make Kansas one of 14 states with a 75 mph speed limit.
The bill still has to be approved by the House, which is highly probable since the chamber has already approved it twice this session.
The proposed change would affect separated multi-lane highways. The Kansas highway department would have discretion about where the speed limit would be raised.
The state has about 1,050 miles of highways that could be affected by the proposal, including the interstates and Kansas 10 in the Kansas City suburbs.
The speed limit in Kansas has been 70 mph since 1996, although there have been unsuccessful attempts to raise it by the Legislature in the past.