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Assembly committee sets vote on tougher OWI penalty bill

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Wisconsin Assembly committee has scheduled a vote for Thursday on a bill to restore mandatory prison sentences for the state’s most chronic drunk drivers.

The judiciary panel will take up a bill from Mequon Republican Jim Ott. He wants to nullify a recent appeals court ruling which gave judges the option of sending repeat OWI offenders to prison.

The bill would require judges to impose minimum prison terms of 3 years for a drunk driver’s 7th, 8th, and 9th convictions – and a minimum of four years for 10 convictions or more.

The bill also includes a mandatory 30 day jail sentence for drivers who cause injuries with a blood-alcohol content of 0.04 to 0.08.

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