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Senate and House Pass Legislation Addressing Residential Speed Limits

Posted on April 23, 2019 by Dene Westbrook

House Bill 4118 passed the House by a vote of 106-4, and Senate Bill 61 passed the Senate 35-1. Both of these bills rectify an issue that was created in 2016 when legislation that passed, unintentionally eliminated the presumed residential speed limit of 25 mph in a traditional city and village grid system.

The bill would allow a speed of 25 miles per hour on a highway segment that is part of the local street system as designated by a local  jurisdiction and approved by the State Transportation Commission and that is within land zoned for residential use by the governing body of an incorporated city or village under the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, unless another speed is fixed and posted.

The League fully supports this legislation and thanks the sponsors and our members for their work on this issue. We anticipate additional action on these bills in the coming weeks and we look forward to working towards final passage and the Governor’s signature.

John LaMacchia is the Assistant Director of State and Federal Affairs for the League handling transportation, infrastructure, energy and environment issues. He can be reached at jlamacchia@mml.org or 517-908-0303.

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