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Vos supports raising Wis. speed limits to 70 mph

  • Associated Press
  • August 17, 2013 - 3:25 PM

RACINE, Wis. — Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said this week he'll back a proposed bill that would raise state speed limits from 65 mph to 70 mph, one of several measures he expects will be brought up when legislators return for the fall session in mid-September.

Vos, a Republican from Rochester, said the GOP-led Legislature took big strides in the last session by imposing income tax cuts and sweeping changes to the school voucher program, the Journal Times of Racine reported (http://bit.ly/14VeSms ).

But "a lot is left to be done," he said Friday at a luncheon Friday hosted by the conservative group Americans for Prosperity.

Vos said the speed-limit bill is the idea of state Rep. Paul Tittl, a Manitowoc Republican. Vos said he supported the move because it would bring Wisconsin in line with its neighboring Midwestern states.

Illinois doesn't have a 70 mph speed limit, but it's close. A bill to raise the speed limit from 65 mph cleared the Legislature this spring and is awaiting the Illinois governor's signature.

Vos also predicted that several election-related changes will be brought up for consideration. One is a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow recalls only in the case of criminal wrongdoing or malfeasance in office.

Another would involve tweaks to voter ID legislation that was reintroduced and then discarded during the last legislative session. Vos didn't provide details, but he received a round of applause when he reiterated an earlier promise to have mandatory photo identification in place in time for the November 2014 election.

Other issues that Vos expects will come up for consideration in the upcoming session include:

— Removing outdated rules and burdensome regulations that cost taxpayers money.

— Eliminating the offices of the secretary of state and the state treasurer's office.

— Reconsidering policies for rural schools in areas where the population has declined.

— Addressing the impending results from Vos' task force on mental health. He said the task force would likely produce a legislative package by October.

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