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Bill Would Increase Fees for DWI Treatment

February 19, 2003
By: Christopher Shields
State Capital Bureau

A house bill would increase fees DWI offenders must pay for treatment programs.

Christopher Shields has the story from the State Capitol.

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When DWI offenders get their licenses taken away, the law mandates that they must complete a treatment program to get it back.

Right now offenders pay 60 dollars for the treatment program, while the state pays for the remaining costs.

But, under a proposed house bill, treatment programs would charge for the remaining costs while eliminating state funding.

House Health Policy Committee chairman Roy Holand says the bill is a good idea.

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The bill awaits committee vote.

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DWI offenders may have to pay more for treatment programs under a proposed house bill.

Christopher Shields reports from Jefferson City.

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Law mandates that DWI offenders must complete a 60 dollar treatment program to regain thier driver's licenses.

But, under a house bill, offenders would have to pay what the state currently kicks in.

The bill doesn't cap how much treatment programs can charge, an issue Representative Bryan Pratt says he worries about.

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The bill awaits a vote by the house health policy committee.

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DWI offenders may have to pay more for treatment programs to get thier driver's licenses back under a proposed house bill.

I'm Christopher Shields for Missouri Capitol Caucus.

When DWI offenders get thier licenses taken away, the law mandates that they must complete a treatment program to get it back.

Right now, offenders pay 60 dollars for the treatment program, while the state pays for the remaining costs.

But, under a proposed house bill, treatment programs would charge offenders for the remaining costs while eliminating state funding.

The bill doesn't cap how much treatment programs can charge, an issue Representative Bryan Pratt questioned Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division Director Michael Couty on in a house committee.

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The bill awaits a vote by the House Health Policy Committee.

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