Iowa bill would split speed limits

| 4/8/2003

A bill in Iowa that would increase the interstate speed limit to 70 mph now contains a provision that would split speeds for vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds.

HF532, which was formerly known as HSB100, would move the speed limit on interstates to 70 mph, but leave it at 65 mph on non-interstate four-lane divided highways. Amendment 1114, filed March 20, would decrease the interstate speeds 5 mph for larger vehicles, including semis.

The bill is awaiting debate before the full House, after which a vote will likely be taken. To have a chance to become law, the bill must be passed by the House and moved over to a Senate committee by April 11.