Missouri Senate votes 34-0 on drunken driving bill

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 | 12:30 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Senate has approved an overhaul of the state's drunken driving laws.

Senators passed the bill 34-0 Wednesday, sending it back to the House. To go to Gov. Jay Nixon, both chambers must agree on the same version of the bill before the session ends Friday.

The Senate version would establish special courts that combine treatment with punishment for drunken driving violators. It also would change the punishment for those caught driving with a blood alcohol level above 0.15 percent and require more statewide tracking of repeat offenders.

The Senate removed a provision that would allow blood to be drawn from people who refuse to take a breathalyzer test without first obtaining a warrant.


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