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Governor supports tougher OWI laws


MADISON (WSAU) Governor Doyle wants tougher drunk driving laws that what was approved in the state Assembly earlier this month. Doyle says a third O-W-I should be a felony. The Assembly bill makes a 4th O-W-I a felony.

The state Senate will debate new drunk driving laws in October.

Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker of Weston says a third-time O-W-I proposal will be considered. Decker says how to pay for tougher enforcement is a sticking point. He favors higher assessments on drunk drivers. Decker says it's unlikely the state's beer tax will be raised.

Wisconsin is the only state where first time O-W-I is not a crime.