Governor plans rare veto hearing on bill for 65 mph

May 09, 1991|By Annapolis Bureau of The Sun

ANNAPOLIS -- Gov. William Donald Schaefer has decided he wants the public to help him decide whether they should be allowed to drive 65 mph on some roads.

The governor said yesterday that he will hold a rare veto hearing on legislation that would permit the state to increase the maximum speed limit from 55 mph to 65 mph on about 160 miles of rural interstate highways.

"Many Marylanders have expressed opinions on the 65-mph speed limit bill. We have heard conflicting data and claims from proponents and opponents of the bill. I want another chance to hear from both sides," the governor said.

Mr. Schaefer's office has received more than 3,000 calls and more than 400 letters regarding the legislation, sponsored by Delegate Dana L. Dembrow, D-Montgomery. Many of the calls came in response to a letter from the Government Employees Insurance Co. (GEICO), which suggested that auto insurance premiums were likely to go up if the bill is signed because of the prospect of more fatalities and more expensive property damage from accidents.

The veto hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. May 21 in the Governor's Reception Room of the State House.

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