DUI reform could cost Kansas up to $10 million

TOPEKA | Some Kansas lawmakers are having sticker shock over the cost of proposed changes to the state's DUI laws.

But Sen. Tim Owens, who led a commission that recommended the reforms, says he wants to save some of its provisions.

After a two-year study, the Kansas DUI Commission recommended creating a statewide computer repository of driving under the influence cases. It also recommended better treatment for offenders, penalties for refusing to take a breath test and stiffer consequences for repeat offenders.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the reforms could cost up to $10 million. And Sen. John Vratil, a Republican from Leawood, says that's too much when the state is facing a multi-million dollar budget deficit.

Owens says he would like to at least save the central repository plan.