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UPDATE: Wisconsin Assembly OKs Drunken Driving Bills

UPDATE: Wisconsin Assembly OKs Drunken Driving Bills Photo: WDIO/MGN

Updated: June 20, 2019 01:38 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state Assembly has approved two bills that would stiffen drunken driving penalties.
    
The first measure would require anyone arrested for a first offense to appear in court. Currently a first offense is a civil violation, not a criminal one, and people can skip their initial court appearance.
    
The bill also would eliminate provisions in state law that allow second offenses to be treated as a civil violation rather than a misdemeanor if the first offense took place at least 10 years earlier. The second proposal would establish a minimum five-year sentence for anyone convicted of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. Republican Rep. Jim Ott authored both bills.
    
The Assembly passed both measures on voice votes Thursday. The bills now go to the state Senate.
 

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