TOPEKA — The House has agreed to put in $1.5 million for community corrections for DUI offenders, which is welcome news to the Kansas DUI Commission as well as six members of a conference committee pushing for passage of a bill that strengthens penalties for drinking and driving.
That funding, combined with a $250 increase in fines, should pay for community corrections, said Rep. Pat Colloton, R-Leawood.
Members of the House corrections and juvenile justice and Senate judiciary conference committee agreed Monday on the final details of the DUI bill, which will require interlock devices for first-time offenders and will set up a central repository to track DUI offenses across the state.
Colloton said the committee’s statute revisor is working on the bill, and it will go to legislators on Thursday.
Sen. Tim Owens, R-Overland Park, said Monday that it’s time for Kansas to get tough on people who drink and drive. Owens chairs the DUI commission, which began meeting after a drunken driver crashed into a 4-year-old Wichita girl and her mother in 2008 while they were crossing the street to school.