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Published on Friday, June 21, 2013

DUI proposal still under consideration in Olympia

Legislators continue to mention changes to DUI law as one of the potential pieces of legislation they will pass during the second special session. Earlier proposals included enhanced penalties for repeat offenders, like mandatory arrest and booking, increased mandatory minimum jail sentences, creation of 24/7 sobriety monitoring programs, and making the fourth DUI offense a felony. Recently, discussions appear to focus on a smaller scale and less costly version of a bill, which could include mandatory arrest and booking for repeat offenders and creation of the 24/7 sobriety monitoring program as a pilot in a few jurisdictions. The scaled down version likely would not include increased mandatory minimum jail sentences, which would have significantly driven up the costs for cities and counties. We continue to emphasize the need for the state to provide funding for any changes that generate new costs for cities.

Categories: Law & justice