MADD happy with Kansas lawmakers King and Rubin

11/19/2013 11:59 AM

11/19/2013 12:00 PM

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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