Oregon Senate panel has approved a bill to raise the speed limit
on the state’s major thoroughfares.
measure, which passed the House in April, was approved by the Senate
Committee on Transportation and Economic Development June 12. It
now heads to the full Senate for consideration.
sponsored by Rep. Randy Miller, R-West Linn, gives the Oregon Department
of Transportation the option of increasing the speed limit of 55
mph for trucks and 65 mph for cars on the state’s freeways. The
measure would allow new maximums of 65 mph for trucks and 70 mph
bill would authorize ODOT to consult with other state and local
police, transportation and highway officials and interest groups
and to decide whether the speed limit for a particular stretch of
freeway should be changed.
has tried and failed several times in the past to introduce similar
bills, but all were blocked by former Gov. John Kitzhaber.
Ted Kulongoski isn’t promising a veto, but he has some questions
about the bill, the governor’s spokeswoman, Mary Ellen Glynn, recently
told The Oregonian. His biggest concerns, she said, are the
recent cutbacks in state police patrols, and how that might affect
see what happens in the Senate,” she said.