Wisconsin Senate majority leader (D) said it would be "too severe" for the state to upgrade a third drunken-driving offense to a felony
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin Senate majority leader said it would be "too severe" for the state to upgrade a third drunken-driving offense to a felony.Weston Democrat Russ Decker gave the Wisconsin State Journal the example of someone who gets caught driving drunk three times over 40 years. He said that person isn't necessarily a felon.In Wisconsin, drunken driving becomes a felony after the fifth offense.
In other comments, Decker said he'll accept the forthcoming $2,500 pay raise for lawmakers over the next two years. At least two state lawmakers have said they won't accept the raise during these economically trying times.Decker added that he doesn't think lawmakers will raise the cigarette tax. It increased $1 to $1.77 a pack on Jan. 1, 2008.