House committee approves bill to charge for DUI blood tests

March 10, 2010 | | Comments 3

FRANKFORT — People convicted of drunken driving would have to pay for their blood tests under a bill approved Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee.

The panel changed the bill to cap the cost of the blood tests at $50.

The sponsor of House Bill 343, Rep. Steve Rudy, R-Paducah, said many sheriffs across the state have complained that the cost of blood tests was hurting their office budgets.

But Damon Preston with the state Department of Public Advocacy said the bill could be viewed as an additional tax on poor people. He suggested that it exempt indigent clients.

Rudy said he would be willing to work with Preston on his concerns. The bill now goes to the House for its consideration.

–Jack Brammer

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  1. Jeff Boy says:

    How much to test the blood of an invisible driver? The Speaker wants to know.

  2. Buck Feshear says:

    Where and when are blood tests required? Doesn’t the law allow for a test of blood, breath or urine?

  3. Alice says:

    This proposal is just another way of taking from the poor (After all they are the ones that local Sheriff’s pull over and charge with DUI especially in small counties. They know the people that didn’t vote for them and they make life hard for them anyway they can. The crimiinal justice system has enough fines and fees. A poor person is just screwed in this system. Mr. Rudy you are wrong on this one.