The Wisconsin Legislature took more steps to curb excessive drinking in the state with State Senator Andre Jacque hoping that more are on the way. Last week the State Senate approved two bills toughening the penalties for those operating vehicles while intoxicated. One would place a mandatory five-year sentence on people convicted of OWI homicide while the other would institute a minimum six-month jail stint on their fifth and sixth convictions. Senator Jacque says he is continuing to push for a bill closing a loophole that allows people to have multiple first-time OWI offenses if they happen to be on different vehicles.
Jacque says he is working on a number of other bills related to drunk driving, human trafficking, and other issues during the current session which concludes on Thursday.