Kansas: Lawmakers miss the obvious — instead of hitting taxpayers for cost of DUI reform, increase fines to drunk drivers to cover the $10 million

From The Capitol Journal:
Sen. Tim Owens is driving hard toward a political deal to save key provisions of a DUI reform package that caused fellow lawmakers to blanch when examining a price tag exceeding $10 million.
“I think we’re going to do it,” said Owens, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “It’s a huge public safety effort. That’s one of the main governmental functions we have.”
The Kansas DUI Commission took a sobering two-year look at the problem of drunken driving. It recommended creation of a statewide computer repository of cases, better treatment for all offenders, penalties for those who refuse to take a breath test and stiffer sanctions of individuals unable or unwilling to stop drinking and driving…..MORE