On speed limit bill, all roads lead to Gov. Rick Scottby John Kennedy | May 10th, 2014
One of the most contested battles of the legislative session continues to divide lawmakers, with a proposal to increase state speed limits now fueling more wrangling focused on Gov. Rick Scott.
The clash over “how fast is safe” has crossed the median strip of Florida politics. Democratic and Republican legislators are scattered on both sides of the issue that Scott is expected to settle in coming weeks, either by allowing the legislation (CS/SB 392) to become law or vetoing it.
So far, he’s given no hints. But both sides are working him hard.
Two of the leading players are a pair of Palm Beach County Democrats whose districts are separated by less than 20 miles — but whose views are light years apart on the subject.
“If you want road safety, this is a no-brainer. He’s got to veto it,” said Rep. Irv Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, who has pushed for stricter seat-belt and texting-while-driving laws during his 10 years in the House.
But Sen. Jeff Clemens, a sponsor of the measure, says it would not heighten risks on Florida roadways.
“When you take a step back from the emotions of this issue, you realize that we’re talking about a difference of 5 mph — maybe,” said Clemens, D-Lake Worth. “That’s entirely reasonable.”
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