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February 4, 2014 at 6:52 PM

DUI policy day in Olympia: Lawmakers hear tweaks only

Olympia’s unofficial “DUI policy day” on Tuesday featured just five tweaks to drunken-driving laws, a package described even by supporters as modest. House Bills 2344, 2503, 2506, 2507 and 2728, heard in the state House Judiciary Committee, would mostly clarify or reinforce some unclear parts of current law and stiffen penalties…

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0 Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Amy Freidheim, Brad Klippert, Chad Magendanz

June 27, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Victim of high-profile crash: State’s DUI bill doesn’t go far enough

The man whose family was devastated by a crash that propelled state lawmakers to consider tightening state DUI laws says he doesn’t think their final product does enough to address the problem. Dan Schulte, whose parents were killed and wife and infant son critically injured March 25 when a truck slammed into them as they crossed…

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0 Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Dan Schulte, drunken driving, DUI

May 14, 2013 at 2:45 PM

State Senate panel OK’s changes to DUI laws

OLYMPIA — A stiffening of state DUI laws championed by Gov. Jay Inslee and a bipartisan group of lawmakers cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday, moving out of the Senate Law & Justice Committee unanimously. Among other items, Senate Bill 5912 would add 10 days in jail to all minimum DUI sentences, make drunken driving a…

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0 Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Adam Kline, drunken driving, DUI

April 24, 2013 at 10:20 AM

State House panel delays vote on scaled-back DUI bill

OLYMPIA — The state House Public Safety Committee delayed a scheduled Wednesday vote on a scaled-back proposal to overhaul Washington’s drunken driving laws, potentially signaling trouble for a bill that was being fast-tracked. The proposal, crafted after two fatal Seattle crashes that authorities have tied to alcohol, is a major priority of Gov. Jay Inslee…

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0 Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: drunken driving, DUI, Roger Goodman

April 18, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Law enforcement, local officials question feasibility of Inslee’s DUI proposal

OLYMPIA — Lobbyists for police, prosecutors, defense attorneys and local governments used four hours of back-to-back hearings Thursday to question the feasibility of a bipartisan proposal to overhaul Washington state’s drunken driving laws. Lawmakers signaled toward the end of the state House Public Safety and Senate Law & Justice committee hearings they are likely to scale back…

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0 Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: drunken driving, DUI, Roger Goodman

April 16, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Inslee to unveil plan for 10-year alcohol prohibition after 3rd DUI

OLYMPIA — After days of discussions, Gov. Jay Inslee and a bipartisan group of state lawmakers said Tuesday they are nearing agreement on a far-ranging plan to overhaul Washington state’s drunken driving laws. The lawmakers said they are working on a compromise bill to put a renewed emphasis on preventing DUI offenders from consuming alcohol. But they cautioned…

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0 Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Adam Kline, drunken driving, DUI