24/7 sobriety bill passes Legislature, goes to Schweitzer
A bill requiring repeat drunken drivers to take daily sobriety tests at their own expense passed the Legislature today and is on its way to the governor for his signature.
The bill, requested by Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock and modeled after a program in South Dakota, requires repeat DUI offenders to take breath tests twice a day at their own expense.
Bullock ran a pilot program of the sobriety testing program in Lewis and Clark County last year.
The bill passed its final reading in the House to approve Senate amendments 97-2, with one excused absence.
The only representatives to vote against the final reading were Sterling Hall of Busby and Alan Hale of Basin, both Republicans.
Hale caught national attention after commenting in the Legislature in late March that tough DUI laws are bad for business and destroying a way of life in Montana.
Local representatives Wendy Warburton and Kris Hansen, both Havre Republicans, and Tony Belcourt, a Box Elder Democrat, voted for the bill this morning.
In the final Senate vote on April 5, Havre Republican Rowlie Hutton voted for the bill and Box Elder Democrat Jonathan Windy Boy voted against it.