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Bill proposes minimum sentences for repeat OWI offenders

Published On: May 02 2013 10:17:09 PM CDT
Updated On: May 02 2013 10:27:21 PM CDT
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MADISON -

A Wisconsin representative is trying to convince the state legislature to crack down on repeat OWI offenders.

Jim Ott’s, R-Mequon, is trying to pass a new bill that would make judges impose a minimum three-year prison sentence on seven-, eight- and nine-time drunken drivers. Any offense after 10 would mean automatic four-year sentences.

The proposed bill would also impose 30-day sentences on anyone who caused an injury while driving with a blood-alcohol content between .04 and .08 percent.

Ott told the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Thursday he drafted the bill after a state appeals court ruled last month Wisconsin law does not require minimum sentences beyond a sixth offense.

The Wisconsin Counties Association said the bill would likely drive up jail costs.

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