Assembly to OK tougher sentences for repeat drunken drivers

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MADISON, Wis. — The state Assembly is set to pass a bill that would impose tougher sentences on repeat drunken drivers.

The Republican-authored measure would increase the minimum mandatory sentence for fifth and sixth offenses from six months to 18 months.

Judges could hand down shorter sentences if they find such a move would be in the public interest. The state Department of Corrections has estimated the bill would create $13.6 million in additional annual operating costs.

The Assembly is set to vote on the bill Tuesday afternoon or evening. Approval would send the measure to Gov. Tony Evers.