Archive for May 4th, 2010

by jhwygirl

I’m just going to cut-and-paste today’s email from legislative services….

The Law and Justice Interim Committee (LJIC) invites public comment on its preliminary bill drafts concerning Montana’s DUI laws. These preliminary bill drafts are posted on the committee’s website at the legislation link under publications. These bill drafts are not finalized recommendations so they do not yet appear in the LAWS data base.

Comments on the bill drafts should be emailed to DUIbillcomment@mt.gov. Or, you may mail your comments to Sheri Heffelfinger, Legislative Services Division, P.O. Box 201706, Helena, MT 59620. Please be sure to include your name, the name of the organization you are representing, if any, and the bill draft number to which your comments apply.

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I’ve merely perused the titles, but it looks like they’re actually proposing some useful stuff. Local electeds might want to make sure to take a look – there might be some “unfunded mandate” stuff in there that could be of some concern.

It’d be nice to see felony convictions moved up to the 3rd DUI (at least) – but eliminating the 5 year “go back” to determine a felony DUI conviction is a good thing. I’d also like to see tougher sentencing (and I mean tougher probation and suspended sentencing guidelines) on 2nd DUI’s and up. Failing to step down on these 2nd DUI offenders only enables recidivism. Something along the line of Attorney General Steve Bullock and Lewis & Clark County’s program, I think, is a great idea.

Please take a moment to pass this link – or at least cut-and-paste the legislative services email – to anyone and everyone that you know might be interested. The best solution to this issue requires the people of Montana to participate in the solutions.

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