Minnesota Senate committee has approved lowering the state’s drunken
driving threshold, according to local media.
bill, approved by a voice vote Feb. 26, would lower the allowed
blood-alcohol content of drivers to 0.08 percent from 0.10.
would get millions of dollars in federal highway funding if lawmakers
pass the bill. A 2-year-old federal law requires all states to adopt
the 0.08 standard by October or risk losing millions in highway
Sen. Leo Foley, DFL-Coon Rapids, SF58’s sponsor, told Willmar’s West Central Tribune $6.6 million would be lost next year
and nearly $20 million in two years if the bill does not pass.
bill has at least two more stops in Senate committees before the
full body can vote on it. A similar House bill – HF97 – has not
started its journey in the House.