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Three more OWI bills will get public hearing Thursday

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin lawmakers will hear more testimony Thursday morning about efforts to crack down on drunk driving.

The Assembly Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on three more Republican bills authored by Mequon Representative Jim Ott and River Hills Senator Alberta Darling.

One bill would make first-time drunk driving a criminal misdemeanor, if a driver’s blood alcohol level is 0.15 or higher. The other measures would let authorities seize the vehicles of certain OWI suspects, and would require all drunk driving suspects to appear in court at least once.

Lawmakers are also considering three other bills from Ott and Darling which recently had public hearings. They would make three and four-time OWI a felony, and require longer prison terms for those who kill or injure motorists while driving drunk. 

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