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TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- The Florida Senate moved forward on a bill that would allow the speed limit on Florida's highways to go up.

The law gives the Florida Department of Transportation the authority to raise the speed limit on highways to a maximum of 75 miles per hour.

The senate approved the measure 27-11 on Thursday.

"This bill really is about making sure the department and their traffic engineers are the ones who ultimately make the determinations, not politicians," said Sen. Jeff Branders, R - St. Petersburg, who is the sponsor of the bill.

The bill now moves over to the house for consideration. If it passes and is signed into law, FDOT would first have to perform a study to see if raising the speed limit is necessary.

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