The Senate last week gave final approval to a bill doubling many penalties for reckless driving.
The Senate vote was 30-2, with only Sens. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) and Diane Hesslebein (D-Middleton) voting against it. The Assembly approved the bill, 85-12, last month.
Some aspects of the bill, Assembly Bill 55, will affect few people. WJI previously reported on the bill's contents and impacts here.
Both houses have approved a bill toughening penalties for carjacking, increasing the maximum prison penalty by 20 years, from 40 years to 60 years. The bill, Senate Bill 76, also would create a separate carjacking offense. That bill was approved by the Senate in March on a 23-8 vote. It was approved last week in the Assembly, 80-18.
The bills now await final action by Gov. Evers. Earlier this month, Evers signed a bill allowing local governments to adopt ordinances authorizing police to impound a reckless driver's vehicle if the driver owns the vehicle, has a prior reckless driving citation, and has not fully paid the forfeiture for that offense. The measure is now 2023 Act 1.
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