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Felony DUI Law Finally Given a “Go”

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After several recent failures over the past years, a constant effort to create a felony drunken-driving charge in Colorado is finally on its way to becoming law.

But House Bill will come with a huge price tag that will only further increase in the upcoming years, which would impact future legislative priorities, warns a key budget lawmaker.

This bill would create a felony for drivers who are charged with DUI for the fourth time. Current law counts a DUI as a crime, regardless of how many offenses a driver commits.

“We are finally sending a signal to taxpayers and victims of DUI that we’re finally taking DUI extremely in Colorado,” said Rep. Lori Saine, R-Dacono, a bill supporter.

Minnesota Property Tax Cuts Now No Longer A Sure Thing, Businesses Not So Happy

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It had been generally understood that the state’s 1.9 billion surplus would allow for at least one of the new tax proposals to be enacted, that would trim some of the cost of doing business in Minnesota. Currently Minnesota has some of the highest tax rates for businesses in the entire country. Personal property has been a sticking point and an item on the table for review. The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce has been pushing for various reforms to the law with (they thought) some good traction to help businesses become even more profitable in a state whose economy is finally on the upswing.

Drunk Driving Laws in New York – Then and Now

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Ever since the first DWI laws were passed in 1910, New York has tried one way or another to standardize its drunk driving laws. In fact, New York was the first state to pass such laws which was, even back then, a challenge for police officers. Long before the famous breathalyzer was invented, officers had to check for slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, the aroma of alcohol, and even testing drivers to see if they could walk in a straight line.

It wasn’t until the 1930s that safe blood alcohol levels were established, and after some research by the National Safety Council, it was determined that a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 was the limit by which someone could be determined to be inebriated.

An Ounce Of Prevention

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Purchasing a new house is one of the biggest investments anyone will make. Homes not only carry a hefty price tag, they also represent big changes in a person’s life and new chapters in the lives of their family. It’s unfortunate, then, when an oversight tarnishes the experience of moving into a new house. For instance, a Texas woman recently discovered the house she owned had been purchased “legally” by another couple after another woman forged title documents.

For more than 30 years, Delta Oldfield lived in her Balch Springs home just southeast of Dallas. Several years ago she left her home to take care of her sick parents, leaving behind some personal possessions as well as pictures and other mementos from her life. Her son happened to drive by the old house this summer, however, and noticed something peculiar. The home which was supposed to be vacant was clearly occupied. Out of curiosity, her son checked the mailbox and found mail addressed to Cristina Arce and her husband. When he tried to use his keys to enter his mother’s home, he found the locks had been changed.

This past summer Arce and her husband purchased the house from a woman named Edith Garcia for $38,000 cash. The couple told NBCDFW.com that the house had been empty when they moved in, and that they had no idea there would be any ownership disputes when they bought the home. The couple proceeded to spend another $15,000 fixing up the aging home before Oldfield contacted them claiming to be the rightful owner.