Assembly To Vote on Drunken Driving Bills

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Assembly is scheduled to vote on a series of bills designed to crack down on drunken drivers.

The bills are up for a vote Tuesday. They were introduced by Republican Rep. Jim Ott, of Mequon.

One would make all second offenses misdemeanors and all fourth offenses felonies, no matter how far back the previous offenses occurred.

Under current law, a second offense committed more than 10 years after a first offense is considered a first offense. Fourth offenses committed more than five years after a third offense are misdemeanors.

The bill started out criminalizing all first offenses, but that provision was removed. Wisconsin is the only state where first offenses are not crimes.

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