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Hearing This Week on New Drunk Driving Laws

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A state Assembly committee will take public testimony Thursday on a new legislation that would toughen the state's drunk driving laws.

The Assembly Judiciary committee will hear public testimony on a  pair of measures that would increase penalties for drunken driving. One proposal would make a first offense a misdemeanor if the driver's blood alcohol level is 0.15 percent or higher, allow for the seizure of a person's car and require mandatory court appearances. Sponsors of the legislation, Rep. Jim Ott and Sen. Alberta Darling,  are also pushing for changes that would make third and fourth offenses felonies and establish mandatory sentences in some cases.