Transportation bill does not include 75mph limit

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s transportation budget is expected to head to Gov. John Kasich without a provision to boost the speed limit to 75 mph on certain rural freeways and the turnpike.

The $7 billion spending blueprint was slated for a House vote Thursday. The Senate passed the measure Wednesday.

The proposal lays out transportation and public safety priorities for the two years beginning July 1. The bulk of the money goes to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The speed-limit change was among several made during legislative compromise talks this week.

Democrats have raised concerns about one part in the bill, claiming it could make it harder for out-of-state college students to vote. But the state’s Republican elections chief says the provision would not create a barrier for voters.

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