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MADD happy with Kansas lawmakers King and Rubin

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at 12 p.m.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving has named Sen. Jeff King and Rep. John Rubin as its “legislative champions” for 2013.

The group hailed King, R-Independence, and Rubin, R-Shawnee, for their advocacy for House Bill 2218, which amended the state’s aggravated battery statute to include drunk-driving crashes.

“MADD thanks Sen. King and Rep. Rubin for their tireless work and commitment to improving the drunk-driving law in Kansas,” MADD advisory board chairman Chris Mann said in a statement. “MADD is grateful for their efforts in seeking justice for victims in Kansas.”

Mann said he now hopes to work with the Legislature to remove a sunset provision on a law requiring DUI offenders’ cars to have an ignition interlock, that prevents operation of the vehicle unless the driver can pass a breathalyzer test. The requirement is due to expire in 2014.

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