The House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed on a bill this morning that would require a 12-hour impound on cars belonging to people who are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Rep. Roger Goodman, the primary sponsor of HB 1017, said the bill would prevent situations where people arrested for driving drunk get their cars back too soon.
Though all 13 members of the committee voted to send the bill on, Rep. Brad Klippert, who works as a patrol officer in Benton County, said he had some reservations about the measure because it requires that the vehicle be impounded in all DUI arrests.
“I know that many times these situations are not black and white and this seems to take all discretion away from law enforcement officers,” Klippert said.
In order to become law, the bill still faces several hurdles; it will need to be passed out of the Rules Committee, receive a majority vote on the House floor and start the process all over again in the Senate.
Senate Bill 5000, a companion bill to HB 1017, was prefiled by Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen in December and is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday.