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Senate panel revives 'super speeder' bill

Associated Press - May 26, 2010 4:55 PM ET

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal that would fine motorists driving 25 mph over the speed limit in Tennessee as much as $500 is once again on the move in the Senate.

The Senate Finance Committee reconsidered its action on the so-called "super speeder" bill and passed the measure 7-3 on Wednesday. The proposal, which will now be scheduled for a vote on the Senate floor, failed the day before for lack of a majority.

The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Jack Johnson of Franklin, has said the bill is needed because Tennessee court rulings have found that excessive speed alone is not enough to charge motorists with reckless driving.

The companion bill has been placed behind the budget in the House, meaning it will be revisited if any money is left after the state's budget is set.

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