Politics & Government

Senate approves higher interstate speed limits; bill goes to governor

FRANKFORT &ndash Motorists might soon be able to drive 70 mph on Kentucky's interstates and parkways under a measure approved by the state Senate on Friday.

The measure now moves to Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher for his signature. In the past, Fletcher has been supportive of measures to raise the speed limit to 70. The Senate approved the higher speed limit last month.

On Friday, the Senate approved changes by the House that limited where the speed limit could be raised. Under the revised bill, the Department of Transportation would not be able to raise the speed limit inside metro Louisville or near Cincinnati in northern Kentucky.

The Senate approved the measure without discussion. Sens. Ernesto Scorsone, D-Lexington, and Tim Shaughnessy, D-Louisville, were the only senators to vote against it.