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Felony DUI hits (another) roadblock — a big one…

Despite a much-touted House compromise Monday on a bill to allow felony charges against frequent drunk- or drugged drivers, it looks like bill is about to evaporate in the state Senate.

For all the wrangling and deal-making in the House, Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown said Tuesday night, the Senate hasn’t had time to consider the multi-million dollar proposal.

Although there are procedural ways for lawmakers to bring up budget-related bills even very late in a session, Brown said it’s not reasonable for the House to try to add such a bill to the mix so late in the game.

“The Senate has not really been given the time to consider it throughfully or deliberatively,” she said. “It’s likely to have to wait ‘til next year.”

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