In a morning of heavy action, the Kansas House on Thursday approved a Johnson County lawmaker’s proposal to raise the Kansas speed limit to 75 mph.
Rep. Marvin Kleeb, an Overland Park Republican, is pushing a bill that would allow the state to raise the speed limit to 75 mph on separated multi-lane highways. The bill had scant opposition in the House, which moved it along on a voice vote.
Kansas would be one of 12 states with a speed limit of 75 mph. However, most of those states only allow the higher speed limit on rural highways.
Only three states — Idaho, New Mexico and North Dakota — permit 75 mph speeds on both urban and rural highways. according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Kleeb noted that it would be left to the Kansas Department of Transportation to decided which highways would get the 75 mph designation.