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Mandatory prison time for OWI offenders bill up for vote in state Assembly

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The state Assembly is scheduled to vote Tuesday on restoring mandatory prison time for the biggest drunk driving offenders.

Judges would have to impose sentences of at least three years for 7th, 8th, and 9th time OWI offenders. A minimum four-year sentence would be required those convicted 10 times or more.

Also, 30 day jail terms would be imposed for drivers causing injuries with blood alcohol levels from 0.04 to 0.08.

Mequon Republican Jim Ott authored the bill, after an appeals court gave judges the option of sending repeat drunk drivers to prison.

Also Tuesday, the Assembly plans to vote on a bill to let bars and liquor stores sue those under 21 who try to buy beer and booze using fake ID’s.

Underage drinkers, or the parents or guardians of minors, would face penalties of up to $1,000 in small claims court. De Pere Republican Andre Jacque said he patterned the bill after a similar law in Alaska.

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