SF37, a bill
in Iowa that would lower the standard from drunken driving from
0.10 to 0.08 percent blood alcohol content, is before the full
Senate, awaiting debate and a vote.
to a spokeswoman at the General Assembly, the bill has been combined
into another measure, HF65, and placed under “unfinished business,”
which means it can be called for debate or have amendments added
at any time. To become law, the measure has to pass the Senate,
be transferred to the House and go through committee by April
meanwhile, have contacted federal officials to see if the bill
meets federal requirements for lowering the drunken driving standard,
the spokeswoman said. Iowa defines the standard for drunken driving
as 0.10 percent blood alcohol content. But a 2000 federal law
requires each state’s legislature to adopt the 0.08 limit by 2004
or lose 2 percent of its highway money. Iowa would forfeit about
$47 million in federal highway funds if it fails to act, The
Quad-City Times reported. States that adopt the new limit
by 2007 can recover the withheld funds.
that would lower the limit, HF43, was referred to the Public Safety
Committee in the House Jan. 22, but it has not been acted on further
since it entered that committee.