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UPDATE: Wis. Assembly Passes on Drunken Driving Sentences

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE: 5/14 at 2:15 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly has passed on a Republican bill that would ensure repeat drunken drivers spend time behind bars.

The bill would require judges to impose three-year prison sentence on seven-, eight- and nine-time offenders and a minimum four-year prison sentence for 10-time offenders and beyond.

Judges also would be required to impose a mandatory 30-day jail sentence on anyone who causes an injury while driving drunk and commercial drivers with a blood-alcohol content of 0.04 percent to 0.08 percent who cause an injury.

The bill comes after a state appeals court ruled last month current law leaves a judge free to decide whether to impose prison time.

The Assembly approved the measure Tuesday on a 95-1 vote. The bill now goes to the state Senate.

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ORIGINAL STORY: 5/14 at 10:08 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly is set to vote on a Republican bill that would ensure repeat drunken drivers spend time behind bars.

The bill would require judges to impose three-year prison sentence on seven-, eight- and nine-time offenders and a minimum four-year prison sentence for 10-time offenders and beyond.

Judges also would be required to impose a mandatory 30-day jail sentence on anyone who causes an injury driving with a blood-alcohol content between 0.04 percent and 0.08 percent.

The bill comes after a state appeals court ruled last month current law leaves a judge free to decide whether to impose prison time.

The Assembly is scheduled to vote on the proposal Tuesday afternoon. Approval would send the bill on to the state Senate.


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