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Jim Ott

Jan 4, 2019

Lawmakers try again on first-offense drunken driving (UPDATE)

Two Republican legislators are continuing their quest to crack down on drunken driving, reintroducing bills Thursday that would make a first offense a crime and impose stiffer penalties on repeat offenders.

Feb 3, 2017

Lawmakers reignite fight against drunken driving (UPDATE)

A Republican lawmaker is renewing his fight against drunken driving as the new legislative session begins with bills calling for stiffer penalties and ignition interlock requirements.

Feb 17, 2016

Assembly passes drunken driving penalties

Wisconsin legislators completed their push to get tougher on drunken drivers, passing a bill early Wednesday morning that would create harsher sentences for repeat offenders through the Assembly and on to Gov. Scott Walker.

Dec 10, 2015

Agencies: OWI mandatory minimum has big price tag

A proposal to create a mandatory minimum prison sentence for homicide by intoxicated operation of a motor vehicle would put a heavy financial burden on the state, according to reports filed by three state agencies Wednesday.

Dec 1, 2015

Will lawmakers find support to make first drunken driving offenses criminal?

Despite plenty of compelling arguments for making first-time drunken driving offenses a crime, Wisconsin won’t be moving in that direction anytime soon, predicts defense attorney Andrew Mishlove.

May 1, 2015

View from around the state: No excuse for ignoring DUI bills

State Rep. Jim Ott keeps fighting the good fight against Wisconsin's drunken driving scourge.

Jan 15, 2015

Lawmakers push to criminalize ‘upskirting’

State lawmakers are moving closer to outlawing 'upskirting' in Wisconsin.

Nov 11, 2014

State’s judges noncompliant with OWI penalties (UPDATE)

Some chronic drunken drivers in Wisconsin spend little time behind bars on felony charges due to lenient sentencing.

Nov 10, 2014

With new Legislature comes fewer attorneys

The number of attorneys serving in the Legislature is slated to bottom out again as new lawmakers prepare to be sworn in early next year.

Oct 9, 2014

Structured settlement bill would put Wis. in line with 48 other states

A proposed bill would allow those who receive payments from a structured settlement to more easily transfer future payments in exchange for a lump sum.

Jul 18, 2014

OWI law change poses problem for prosecutors

A recent change in Wisconsin's drunken driving laws is making it harder for prosecutors to pursue criminal charges for some drunken crashes.

Jun 17, 2014

Committee won’t pursue change to preliminary hearings (UPDATE)

Following a morning of criticism about a proposed criminal code rewrite that would eliminate preliminary hearings, a Wisconsin Judicial Council committee voted to not pursue the change Tuesday.

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