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Published on Friday, May 24, 2013

DUI bills emerge from House and Senate Committees

During the first two weeks of the special session, the Senate Law & Justice Committee and the House Public Safety Committee passed out their individual versions of a tough new DUI law.  Each house has reviewed multiple drafts of the bills and they aren’t done yet. While both houses seem to have agreement on the issues that they want to tackle, like increased mandatory minimums and creating a 24/7 sobriety monitoring program, in some cases they have taken very different approaches to those issues. They will need to resolve those differences and identify funding to cover the increased costs for the state as well as cities and counties.

These two bills (HB 2030 and SB 5912) now advance to their respective fiscal committees, House Appropriations and Senate Ways & Means, for further review and debate. The bills have significant costs associated with the new responsibilities that will require funding that the fiscal committees will need to address. We expect additional amendments in the fiscal committees as well as when it come times for a floor vote on the respective proposals. And, at some point, they will need to come to a final agreed upon version of the bill to send to the Governor for signature.

AWC has developed this chart to show a side by side comparison of the two bills as they passed out of their policy committees and in comparison to current law. We would welcome feedback about how these proposals will impact your city. We also encourage you to let your local legislators know that there will be local impacts and that the Legislature must provide funding for these new mandates.

For questions, please contact Candice Bock or Brittany Sill.

Categories: Law & justice