MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) - A proposal to increase the speed limit on Wisconsin’s rural Interstate highways passed the State Assembly Tuesday, but had little support from Central Wisconsin’s elected officials.
The Wisconsin Assembly voted 63-to-32 in favor of raising the limit from 65-miles-an-hour to 70 on rural Interstates. Manitowoc Representative Paul Tittl authored the bill. Speaker Robin Vos supported the measure, but fellow Republican John Spiros and Democrats Mandy Wright, Katrina Shankland, and Amy Sue Vruwink all voted against the measure.
This was not a party line vote at all. Two Republicans voted against the Republican-sponsored bill, and eight Democrats supported the change.
Wisconsin is surrounded by other states that are already at 70 miles-per-hour, and many state officials want to bring consistency to the highway speeds.