North Dakota: House bill to raise speed limit passes committee

A bill to raise speed limits on interstates and multilane highways in North Dakota passed the House Transportation Committee 8 to 4.

Rep. Jake Blum, R-Grand Forks, introduced a bill almost two weeks ago to change speed limits on multi-lane highways from 70 mph to 75 mph and on interstates from 75 mph to 80 mph.

Blum said he and co-sponsor Ben Koppelman, R-West Fargo, testified before the vote. Koppelman proposed the last House bill to increase speed limits in 2017, which failed due to uncertainties about the cost of implementing higher limits.