House Bill 4118 as introduced

Sponsor:  Rep. Bradley Slagh

Committee:  Transportation

Complete to 3-10-19


House Bill 4118 would amend the Michigan Vehicle Code to allow a 25-mile-per-hour speed limit to be established under certain circumstances. 

Section 627 of the Vehicle Code establishes different speeds at which a motor vehicle may be operated in various specified places or circumstances, such as in a business district or in a public park. (Put another way, the section provides a speed limit for each of those places or circumstances that local authorities cannot decrease without specific authorization.)

The bill would allow, until January 1, 2024, a speed of 25 miles per hour on a highway segment that is part of the local street system as designated by a local jurisdiction and approved by the State Transportation Commission and that is within land zoned for residential use by the governing body of an incorporated city or village under the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, unless another speed is fixed and posted.

The bill would also require the Department of State Police (MSP) to perform a speed study on a random sample of local streets set under this provision and submit a report on the speed study to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Senate Majority Leader, and the governor by January 1, 2023.

The bill would take effect 90 days after being enacted.

MCL 257.627


House Bill 4118 would not have a significant fiscal impact on any unit of state or local government. The speed study required of MSP may result in additional costs for MSP, but the costs would likely be supported by existing appropriations for the Special Operations Division, which is the entity that would perform the study.

                                                                                        Legislative Analyst:   E. Best

                                                                                                Fiscal Analyst:   Marcus Coffin

This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency staff for use by House members in their deliberations, and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.