OLYMPIA, Wash. -- While Democrats and Republicans may be separated by a billion dollars on a budget agreement, finding common ground on drunk driving legislation could be within reach.
Governor Jay Inslee told reporters he hoped lawmakers could “button down” the details of a driving under the influence reform package Monday afternoon.
He said the topic needed to be a priority for the special session because toughening up the laws could save lives.
“Not only is the pain so deep and piercing,” said Inslee, “but the solution is available to us.”
Inslee wants longer sentences for repeat offenders and wants to expand the use of interlock devices and bracelets that determine if someone has been drinking.
Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, D-Medina, said the longer sentences could be tougher to pass because that would involve additional spending.
“I think there’s technologies other than jail we can look at,” said Tom, who liked the idea of more interlock devices and alcohol-detecting bracelets.
Monday marked the fourth year in a row Washington’s legislature has gone into a special session.