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Washington State Senate Considers Changes to DUI Penalties

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - A Washington state Senate committee has approved a plan to make changes to the state's impaired driving laws.

The changes include making driving under the influence a felony on the fourth conviction, rather than the fifth within ten years.

The measure approved on Tuesday by the Senate Law & Justice Committee would require a mandatory arrest if a person has a prior offense within the past decade. It would also increase the mandatory minimum jail time for repeat offenders.

Lawmakers say that the measure is still a work in progress, as discussions continue with House supporters. The bill now heads to the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the measure is a priority for lawmakers during the current special session.

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