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Senate Committee OKs Tougher Impaired Driving Law

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A Senate committee has approved a plan to make changes to the state's impaired driving laws, including making driving under the influence a felony on the fourth conviction, rather than the current law that has it at five within 10 years.
    
The measure approved Tuesday by the Senate Law & Justice Committee also would require a mandatory arrest if a person has a prior offense within the past decade and increases mandatory minimum jail time for repeat offenders. The bill now heads to the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
    
Lawmakers say that the bill is still a work in progress, as discussions continue with House supporters. Gov. Jay Inslee has said the measure is a priority during the special legislative session that started Monday.

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