Senate Judiciary Committee voted April 2 to recommend passage
of HF65, a bill that would lower the standard from drunken
driving from 0.10 to 0.08 percent blood alcohol content.
bill has already passed the House. Several amendments were
added in the Senate, and must be approved by the House for
the bill to go on to the governor's desk. A similar bill,
SF37, was incorporated into HF65 earlier.
officials, meanwhile, have contacted federal officials to
see if the bill meets federal requirements for lowering the
drunken driving standard, the spokeswoman said.
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.
that adopt the new limit by 2007 can recover the withheld
bill 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.