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Senate gives initial go-ahead to .08

February 21, 2001
By: Missy Shelton
State Capital Bureau

Legislation lowering the legal limit on blood alcohol content gained first round approval from the Missouri Senate for the first time ever.

Missy Shelton has more from the state captiol.

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The bill that lowers the b-a-c from point 1-0 to point 0-8 faced tough opposition from St Louis County democrat John Schneider.

He says not all drivers are drunk at point 0-8.

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The point 0-8 legislation faces a final vote in the Senate. The House has already approved its own version of point 0-8 legislation.

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It takes fewer beers to get legally drunk under a bill that got first round approval from the Missouri Senate.

MIssy Shelton has more from the state capitol.

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For the first time ever, the Missouri Senate gave preliminary approval to legislation that lowers the legal limit on blood alcohol content from point 1-0 to point 0-8.

Southwest Missouri Senate Morris Wstfall is the sponsor of the bill.

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The bill faces a final vote in the Senate.

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Lowering the legal blood alcohol limit from point 1-0 to point 0-8 is the goal of a bill that got first round approval from the Missouri Senate.

Missy Shelton has more from Jefferson City.

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Opposition from St. Louis County democrat John Schneider failed to stall point 0-8 legislation in the Senate.

During debate, Schneider told the bill sponsor Morris Westfall that some people with can pass a sobriety test with a b-a-c of point 0-8.

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The Missouri House has passed similar legislation...The senate bill faces a final vote.

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For the first time ever, the Missouri Senate gave first round approval to a bill designed to lower the state's blood alcohol limit from point 1-0 to point 0-8.

Missy Shelton has more from the state capitol.

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In previous years, the Missouri House has approved point 0-8 legislation but those bills have always stalled and died in the Senate.

Despite opposition from several key senators, the bill did get preliminary approval.

Tempers flared in the Senate when St Louis County democrat John Schneider told the bill sponsor Morris Westfall that not everyone is drunk at point 0-8.

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Westfall says most people are impaired to some degree when their blood alcohol content reaches point 0-8.

Westfall says it's a matter of safety.

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Frustration with the hours the Senate has spent on the bill finally erupted.

State Senator Danny Staples called for a vote on the issue.

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Shortly after Staples' speech on the floor of the Senate, lawmakers voted in favor of the point 0-8 legislation.

Westfall says he had hoped debate wouldn't take so long.

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The bill faces a final vote in the Senate...If it's approved, it goes to the House. The House approved similar point 0-8 legislation last week with opposition from just a handful of representatives.

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