BULLETIN: Veto override vote could come today in Illinois

| 10/10/2007

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007 – Today could be the day a final decision is made in Illinois on an effort to bring an end to split speed limits in the state.

A bill in the state’s House would eliminate the provision in Illinois law that set up slower speed limits on rural interstates for vehicles weighing more than 8,000 pounds. Currently, those vehicles are required to travel 10 mph below the 65 mph speed limit for other vehicles.

The bill – SB540 – would increase large trucks speeds to 65 mph. It is included on the House calendar for discussion during the veto session Wednesday, Oct. 10. The chamber is scheduled to begin its floor session at 1 p.m. CDT.

The Senate voted 39-10 Oct. 2 to override Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s veto of the uniform speed bill. In order for the bill to become law, at least 71 House lawmakers would need to vote in favor of the bill for an override. This spring, representatives approved the bill on a 90-22 vote.

The override effort marks the third time in recent years the Legislature has attempted to overrule vetoes on measures to end the split speed limit. The latest effort can be considered through the end of the week. The House and Senate are scheduled to adjourn the veto session Friday, Oct. 12.

To view other legislative activities of interest for Illinois in 2007, click here.

– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor