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2015 House Bill 4423: Increase speed limits, streamline related rules

Public Act 445 of 2016

Introduced by Rep. Bradford Jacobsen (R) on April 14, 2015 To increase speed limits on rural freeways to 80 mph (70 mph for trucks) where engineering studies and traffic patterns indicate this is safe. General speed limits on other roads would be 70 mph on urban freeways, 65 mph on state “trunkline” highways with light traffic, 55 mph on county roads, and 55 mph on unpaved roads except in Oakland and Wayne Counties, where they would be 45 mph. The speed limit on subdivision streets would remain at 25 mph. The bill would revise and simplify various other regulations related to speed limits.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on April 14, 2015
Reported in the House on February 2, 2016 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-4) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered by Rep. Bradford Jacobsen (R) on June 1, 2016 To adopt a version of the bill that only authorizes raising limits on rural freeways to 75 mph, not 80 mph.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on June 1, 2016
Amendment offered by Rep. Ray Franz (R) on June 1, 2016 To authorize a process for lowering speed limits near hospitals.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on June 1, 2016
Passed 56 to 53 in the House on June 1, 2016.
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To increase speed limits on rural freeways to 75 mph where engineering studies and traffic patterns indicate this is safe. General speed limits elsewhere would be 70 mph on other freeways, 65 mph on state “trunkline” highways with light traffic, 55 mph on county roads, and 55 mph on unpaved roads except in Oakland and Wayne Counties, where they would be 45 mph. The speed limit on subdivision streets would remain at 25 mph. The bill would revise and simplify various other regulations related to speed limits.
Received in the Senate on June 7, 2016
Referred to the Senate Transportation Committee on June 7, 2016
Reported in the Senate on November 29, 2016 With the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on December 7, 2016 To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 7, 2016
Passed 28 to 8 in the Senate on December 7, 2016.
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(same description)
To increase speed limits on rural freeways to 75 mph where engineering studies and traffic patterns indicate this is safe. General speed limits elsewhere would be 70 mph on other freeways, 65 mph on state “trunkline” highways with light traffic, 55 mph on county roads, and 55 mph on unpaved roads except in Oakland and Wayne Counties, where they would be 45 mph. The speed limit on subdivision streets would remain at 25 mph. The bill would revise and simplify various other regulations related to speed limits.
Received in the House on December 7, 2016
Passed 57 to 51 in the House on December 13, 2016.
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To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on January 4, 2017

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