|Intro:||With less than four weeks left in the session the Senate Judiciary Committee postponed a bill over one of the biggest issues of the session.|
Wrap: Committee Chair Jackson County Republican Senator Matt Bartle says current economic times have an effect on how the Senate will handle provisions in a DWI bill.
|Description: "We've got to be very, very careful that we don't end up shipping a bunch of new people into the Department of Corrections and blow a massive fiscal note on this thing at a time when we are trying to balance the state budget."|
The bill includes provisions that would allow officers to take a blood sample without consent or warrant and increase the revocation of an offenders license from one to two years for failure to submit to a test at the time of arrest.
Bartle says the committee will vote on the bill next week.
From the state Capitol, I'm Melissa Berman.
|Intro:||The Senate Judiciary Committee says the state budget problems are the reason it's delaying voting on a DWI bill.|
Wrap: In addition to fiscal concerns, the committee heard from several people opposing different sections of the bill.
ACLU lobbyist John Coffman spoke against a part of the bill that would allow officers to draw a blood sample without a warrant or consent from any person suspected of driving while intoxicated.
|Description: "The extraction of blood with a needle without consent and without a warrant is a fourth amendment problem that we think is very serious."|
Coffman agrees with the committee that the bill needs to be smart on crime rather than tough on crime.
With less than four weeks left in the session, the Senate Judiciary Committee says it will vote on the bill next week.
From the State Capitol, I'm Melissa Berman.