Legislative briefs - East Valley Tribune: Politics

Legislative briefs

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2008 8:01 pm | Updated: 9:02 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Changes to DUI laws approved

State lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to changes in drunken-driving laws - but this time in a form that Gov. Janet Napolitano is likely to approve.

Changes to DUI laws approved

State lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to changes in drunken-driving laws - but this time in a form that Gov. Janet Napolitano is likely to approve.

HB2643 fixes some flaws in current statutes, such as one that would allow someone convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol to actually have partial driving privileges restored after just a 30-day license suspension.

Another increases the penalties for operating a boat while intoxicated so they match those meted out to people who drive a car or truck under the influence of alcohol.

This version, however, does not include a provision that would have reduced the time that a motorist guilty of drunken driving could operate only vehicles with an ignition interlock, from the current one year to just six months. Napolitano said that interlock requirement, less than a year old, should be given a chance to work.

Johnson asks for meeting with McCain

Sen. Karen Johnson, R-Mesa, is asking Sen. John McCain to meet with individuals who believe that the hijacked jets did not cause the Sept. 11, 2001, collapse of the World Trade Center.

Johnson, in a letter Tuesday to the expected Republican presidential nominee, said some experts have analyzed the collapse of the skyscrapers "and have concluded that the buildings came down through the use of explosives as are used in controlled demolitions."

"I have spoken with these experts myself, and I agree with their findings," she wrote.

There was no immediate response from McCain's Senate offices.

  • Discuss

EVT Ice Bucket Challenge

The East Valley Tribune accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Your Az Jobs