Speed limit bill fails in House

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BISMARCK, N.D. - A House bill that changes the speed limit on multi-lane highways has failed in the House by a vote of 46-46.

House Bill 1264 would have shifted speed limits from 75 to 80 MPH on interstate highways, and 70 to 75 MPH on state and divided highways.

Rep. Ben Koppelman, R-West Fargo, questioned the fiscal note attached to the bill.

"So I hope that, Mr. Chairman, we can find efficiency and find a way to do this without breaking the bank and we don't have fiscal notes that are artificially high, you know, because somebody here may or may not want this bill to pass," said Koppelman.

Forty-eight votes are needed to pass a bill in the North Dakota House.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation said in a statement:

The fiscal note is based on the costs of signs and geometrical design features including horizontal and vertical curves that would need to be reshaped, interchange ramps that would need to lengthened, acceleration and deceleration lanes would need to lengthened, turn lanes would need to be lengthened, along with other safety requirements to meet design standards.