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Panel rejects bills to toughen DWI laws

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The Associated Press

A legislative committee has rejected legislation backed by Gov. Susana Martinez to toughen New Mexico’s penalties on repeat drunken drivers.

One of the bills supported by the Republican governor but rejected by the Democratic-led House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee would have increased prison time for fourth and subsequent DWI convictions.

The second bill would have effectively required DWI convictions to figure in the determination on whether a defendant is an habitual offender.


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