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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

 2:02 PM 

Assembly Dems begin pulling motions; start with bill on ignition interlock devices

After about four bills were passed, Assembly Dems began pulling motions on the floor.

Rep. Tony Staskunas, D-West Allis, is now attempting to pull AB 434, which would require ignition interlock devices on first-time drunken driving offenders. Staskunas says that while he tried to "work through normal channels" on the bill, he was blocked by Republicans from moving the bill forward.

Staskunas says the interlock devices is already reducing drunken driving accidents and that it makes a difference in changing behaviors. He also urged the body to go Act 100, the law passed last session that imposed stricter penalties on drunken driving.

"Act 100 is working and we missed a golden opportunity to build on the progress of Act 100 and further reduce deaths and drunk driving accidents here in the state of Wisconsin."

Rep. Jim Ott, R-Mequon, said that while he'd vote on procedural lines with his own party on the motion, that he agrees with Staskunas on the need for tougher drunken driving legislation and takes responsibility for not advancing some legislation further in committee. He said that the fiscal cost estimate on another drunken driving bill, AB 208, was too large to make passage feasible.

He also said that if he is in the Legislature next session, he'll push to make sure the Assembly makes tougher laws on drunken driving a priority.

The motion failed on a 38-59 vote. Another pulling motion to take up AB 405, which would create a felony charge for the fourth OWI offense, also failed by the same margin.


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