State Could Lose $3 Million Over Drunken Driving Legislation

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wisconsin's budget problems could get worse, because the Republican-controlled state Senate failed to approve legislation lowering the state's drunken driving limits before adjourning for the summer Wednesday.

That's because the lower limit must be signed into law by a deadline of July 15th for the state to apply for the aid.

The only way that could happen now is if lawmakers agree to meet in an extraordinary session or the governor orders them into a special session to take up the bill. Both remain an option, although no decisions had been made.

The state also is at risk of a delay in receiving almost $7 million in other federal aid if the Senate doesn't approve the bill by another federal deadline. That deadline is shortly after the Legislature is due to return in September.

The Assembly passed the bill in May to lower the limit.


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