JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri House members have endorsed legislation designed to crack down on drunken drivers.
The bill gained first-round approval Wednesday on a voice vote. It needs another House vote to move to the Senate.
One provision in the bill would let police take blood samples from suspected drunken drivers without a warrant.
Gov. Jay Nixon convened a summit last year to study ways to ensure drunken drivers get the right punishment and don't re-offend.
The meeting was prompted by articles in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that highlighted how poor record-keeping and failure to punish drunken drivers let chronic offenders keep driving.
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