THOSE CONTINUED O-W-I CRASHES HAVE SOME ADVOCATES
ASKING WHY ONLY *ONE* PIECE OF DRUNK DRIVING LEGISLATION
HAS MADE IT TO THE GOVERNOR'S DESK THIS SESSION...
DESPITE MANY MORE BEING PROPOSED...
POLITICAL REPORTER JESSICA ARP HAS CONTINUING COVERAGE
OF THE BILLS.
AND WHERE THEY STAND.
AT LEAST A DOZEN PIECES OF O-W-I LEGISLATION WERE
PROPOSED THIS LEGISLATIVE SESSION...
BUT SOME ARE WONDERING WHAT IT MEANS THAT NEARLY NONE
OF THEM WILL BECOME LAW.
40 i guess what i'm trying to do is i'm kind of still
trying to find maeaning through all of this :48
DAWN JOHNSON NOTES ITS MUCH COLDER NOW THAN THE SUMMER
TRIP SHE TOOK TO THE CAPITOL...
TESTIFYING ON A BILL TO CREATE MANDATORY MINIMUMS
FOR O-W-I HOMICIDES.
HER FATHER WAS KILLED BY A DRUNK DRIVER WHO WAS ONLY
SENTENCED TO A YEAR IN JAIL WITH WORK RELEASE.
:15 i am disheartened by the fact that many of the
bills that were, all the effort was put into did not
THAT BILL AND MANY OTHERS PROPOSING CHANGES TO THE
STATE'S DRUNKEN DRIVING LAWS MET AN UNTIMELY FATE...
OF EIGHT BILLS PROPOSED BY MEQUON REPUBLICAN JIM
FOUR PASSED THE ASSEMBLY...
JUST ONE HAS PASSED THE SENATE.
Ott some of the bills there may have been logistical
problems, some there may have been fiscal problems
FISCAL PROBLEMS INCLUDED A 500 MILLION DOLLAR PRICETAG
ON JUST ONE BILL MAKING A THIRD OFFENSE A FELONY...
INCREASING PRISON AND COURT COSTS.
i contend that the main reason i am interested in
tougher owi legislation is that i feel it would provide
a deterrent, if penalties are stiffer you should have
less drunk dirving :18 if you have less drunk driving
you're not going to have as many 3rd offense convictions
:22 so in my opinion
those fiscal notes were an overestimate
of the cost :25
2;00 i hope that wi isnt known for the fact that we
arent passing things because of money, thats the sad
JOHNSON SAYS WHILE SHE'S FRUSTRATED.
SHE'LL BE BACK IN A HEARING ROOM NEXT YEAR.
i will continue working, i'm not going to give up,
i just will get stronger as a result of this :51
THAT ONE BILL HEADED TO THE GOVERNOR SIMPLY RE-AFFIRMS
MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCES FOR SEVEN THROUGH 12TH
OFFENSE O-W-I'S BECAUSE OF A COURT RULING...
THOSE THREE OTHER BILLS.
INCLUDING ONE TO REQUIRE A MUNICIPAL COURT APPEARANCE
FOR A FIRST OFFENSE...
I'M TOLD ARE UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR THE SENATE'S
APRIL FIRST CALENDAR...
-- ERIC --