MINNESOTA'S DWI TASK FORCE: WORKING TO INCREASE PUBLIC SAFETY ON OUR ROADS

The DWI Task Force is currently discussing possible legislative agendas for next year's legislative session.  If you have ideas, please contact David Bernstein at david.bernstein@dwitaskforce.com.  


Past Successful Legislative Initiatives:

**2018 -- HF 2766 and SF 2479, which responded to the Minnesota Supreme Court's decision in State v. Carson by changing Minnesota's DWI laws regarding  OSHA's "hazardous substances" to "intoxicating substances" that focus on drugs and chemicals that cause impairment and render a person unsafe to operate a motor vehicle.


**2017 -- HF 2364 and SF 2375, which responded to the United States Supreme Court's decision in Birchfield v. North Dakota and achieved five things: ​(1) Amended Minnesota's implied consent laws, 169A.51-53, to only reference breath tests, which is consistent with the Birchfield decision; (2) ​Criminalized refusal to comply with the execution of a search warrant, which is consistent with the refusal laws for breath test cases but codified under proper constitutional authority; (3) Provides for the revocation of an offender's driver's license for a failed test or refusal to comply with a search warrant, which is consistent with the consequences in a breath test case; (4) Extended the amount of time an offender has to challenge a license revocation from 30 to 60 days; and (5) Allows for a prescription drug affirmative defense in license revocation hearings.  ​Here is a link to a final engrossment of the bill.


**2015 -- HF 1255 and SF 1073, which lowered the enhancement level of gross misdemeanor DWIs from an alcohol concentration of .20 to .16.