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Decker: 3rd drunk-driving offense not a felony

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Senate majority leader says it would be "too severe" for the state to upgrade a third drunk-driving offense to a felony.

Weston Democrat Russ Decker gives the Wisconsin State Journal the example of someone who gets caught driving drunk three times over 40 years. He says that person isn't necessarily a felon.

In Wisconsin, drunk driving becomes a felony after the fifth offense.

In other comments, Decker says he'll accept the forthcoming $2,500 pay raise for lawmakers over the next two years. At least two state lawmakers have said they won't accept the raise during these economically trying times.

Decker adds that he doesn't think lawmakers will raise the cigarette tax. It increased $1 to $1.77 a pack on Jan. 1, 2008.

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