SANTA FE – On the same day that Mothers Against Drunk Driving came to the Capitol to honor anti-DWI efforts, a House committee tabled legislation to increase jail time for repeat felony DWI offenders.
The same legislation last year passed the House 63-0 but died in the Senate without a vote.
The House Transportation and Public Works Committee voted 5-2 on Thursday to table House Bill 10, which would have specified that prior felony DWI convictions count toward the state’s mandatory sentencing increases for repeat offenders.
Opponents of the bill said there were unanswered questions about the legislation. They said it was unclear how much it would cost the state to increase jail time and whether increased sentences can address alcohol dependency problems affecting repeat DWI offenders.