Minnesotans will be allowed to temporarily exceed the speed limit to pass cars on the highway under a bill approved by the Minnesota House on Saturday. The provision in the Transportation Bill drew criticism from Rep Tina Liebling (DFL) of Rochester who sought to have the speeding language dropped.
You can hear audible groans in the House when she made that proposal.
Representatives apparently did not want to go on the record as opposiing or supporting the speeding language and refused to have a roll call vote on it. However, Liebling was joined by Rep Maria Ruud (DFL) of Minnetonka and Rep Julie Bunn(DFL) of Lake Elmo who both were concerned about the the number of teens who are killed in auto accidents.
Rep. Tom Rukavina of Virginia authored the speeding language and defended it as improving public safety.
The proposal to strip the speeding provision out of the transportaton bill was defeated on a voice vote.