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Wed., Jan. 29, 2014, 10:05 a.m.

Raise speed limits up to 80 mph?

Raise Idaho speed limits on some roads to 80 mph? That’s what Senate leaders are mulling, the Idaho Statesman’s Dan Popkey reports today. Popkey writes that Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, broke the news about the pending bill in a talk yesterday to the Idaho Association of Association Executives, after getting permission from Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, who’s working on the bill. House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, who spoke after Hill, also made reference to the proposal, saying, “There are areas where that would be OK and areas where that would not be OK.”

The bill, not yet introduced, would let the Idaho Transportation Department decide on which stretches of road speed limits should rise from 75 to 80 on certain rural stretches of interstate, or up to 75 mph on stretches of state highway; you can read Popkey’s full reports here and here.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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