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UPDATE: Wis. Assembly Passes Drunken Driving Sentences

UPDATED Tuesday, May 14, 2013 --- 2:17 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly has passed 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.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, May 14, 2013 --- 11:09 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 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 is scheduled to vote on the proposal Tuesday afternoon.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, May 9, 2013 --- 2:16 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A legislative committee has approved a bill that would ensure repeat drunken drivers spend time behind bars.

The Assembly Judiciary Committee passed the bill Thursday on a 9-0 vote. The full Assembly is expected to take it up Tuesday.

The proposal would require judges to impose a 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 by 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.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted, Tuesday May 7, 2013 -- 5:55 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A legislative committee is scheduled to vote this week on a bill that would ensure repeat drunken drivers spend time behind bars.

The Assembly Judiciary Committee is set to meet on Thursday to take up the measure, which would require judges to impose a 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 by 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.

Committee approval would clear the way for a full Assembly vote.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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