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Public hearing Tuesday on raising speed limit

The pedestrian bridge on South Carpenter Street over Highway 441 in Appleton. (courtesy of FOX 11).
The pedestrian bridge on South Carpenter Street over Highway 441 in Appleton. (courtesy of FOX 11).

MADISON (WSAU-Wheeler News)   Wisconsin drivers will get their say tomorrow on a bill to raise the speed limit to 70-miles-an-hour on most four-lane freeways and expressways.

The Assembly Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on the measure at 11 tomorrow morning at the State Capitol. Republican Speaker Robin Vos is among the most vocal supporters of raising Wisconsin's long-time 65-limit. Twenty-two Assembly members, mostly Republicans, have co-sponsored the Assembly bill. Senate Republicans Glenn Grothman and Mary Lazich also favor it, but their party's leadership has no plans to consider it any time soon in the upper house. Governor Scott Walker has not taken a position on it.

After tomorrow's hearing the Assembly transportation panel will make recommendations on several other bills -- including De Pere Republican Andre Jacque's bill to create a specialized license plate to promote the pro-life movement.

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