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SB 961 - Increases OWI Penalties - Pennsylvania Key Vote

Jay Costa, Jr. voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (45-4) - (Key vote)
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Title: Increases OWI Penalties

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that increases penalties for individuals convicted of repeat OWI offenses.



  • Requires an individual convicted of their second OWI offense pay a fine of $1,000 and be sentenced to at least 90 days in jail and an individual convicted of their third OWI arrest pay a fine of $2,500 and sentenced to 6 months in jail (Sec. 1).

  • Increases the prison term for an individual convicted of an OWI resulting in death from 3 years to 5 years and authorizes a prison term of 7 years for individual guilty of 2 or more prior OWI convictions and is charged with an OWI resulting in death (Sec. 1).

  • Specifies that an individual convicted of causing death as a result of an OWI shall be convicted of a second degree felony and be required to serve each year of their sentence consecutively imposed for each victim death (Sec. 1).

  • Specifies that an individual refusing to a breath or chemical drug test pursuant to a valid search warrant or court order will have committed a third degree felony (Sec. 3).

Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Increases OWI Penalties


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