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Minutes for SB123 - Committee on Judiciary

Short Title

Amending ignition interlock requirements for certain first time DUI-related offenses.

Minutes Content for Tue, Feb 14, 2017

Jason Thompson gave a brief saying the bill amends the ignition interlock requirements for certain first time DUI-related offenses. He went on to explain what administrative; and other changes that would take place with this bill.

After a brief question and answer period Chairman Wilborn called for the first proponent.

Proponent:

Senator David Haley shared his support (Attachment 1) of SB 123 by saying it was never intended that every first time offender must rent a mechanical device in order to drive.

A question was addressed about the inclusion of diversions in the ignition interlock requirement of the bill.

Opponents:

Leanne Briggs shared her opposition (Attachment 2) to SB 123 by sharing statistical data and her personal story of the loss of her father, concluding that her father's life could have been saved if the individual that killed her father had been given an ignition interlock, as the license of the individual was suspended at the time of the accident.

Kevin Barone shared his opposition (Attachment 3) to the bill saying there has been cooperation with the Department of Revenue and other organizations to make the ignition interlock legislation work.  He concluded that that the passage of this bill will bring Kansas backward in DUI business.

A brief question and answer period followed concerning the ability of individuals to get their licenses reinstated when they do not have a vehicle, Mr. Barone shared a statistic saying that 60,000 times someone has tried to start a car with an interlock ignition in Kansas, and did not pass.

Chairman Wilborn directed the Committee's attention to the written opposition from Kansas Department of Transportation (Attachment 4), Ed Klumpp (Attachment 5), and Ralph Blackman (Attachment 6).

A brief question and answer period followed.  Ted Smith, with the Department of Revenue stated that there are 10,000 DUI offenses that require an ignition interlock, 3,000-5,000  of those are re-offenses.

Chairman Wilborn then moved onto the next hearing.