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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The legislative session is in full swing and new DWI laws are being considered.

In 2013, 240 people died in Louisiana in an alcohol related accident. That's nearly 36 percent of all fatalities in the state.

Our own senator, Bob Kostelka, is working on a bill that would create tougher penalties for anyone convicted of vehicular homicide involving alcohol.

"I've got a bill that will make a crime of violence out of someone who causes a death and their blood alcohol is above 2-point," Kostelka said.

Senator Ronnie Johns, of Lake Charles, is proposing a bill that would add misdemeanor DWIs to a person's permanent driving record until the Department of Public Safety and Corrections is notified all conviction stipulations have been met.

 Representative Mickey Guillory, of Eunice, wants to make sure a previous DWI conviction will not go away after 10 years, if someone is arrested again for the same crime. 

And Danny Martiny, of Metairie, said he was asked by his local district attorney's office to author his bill.

"Let's say someone is convicted of vehicular homicide in 2001 and they get a DWI in 2009, what they want to do is be able to use that as a second offense," Martiny said.

In fact, the Louisiana District Attorney's Association and Louisiana Sheriff's Association are backing two bills that would make it easier for law enforcement to gather evidence from someone suspected of drinking and driving and make it tougher for someone convicted of a DWI to get their licenses back.

More bills could follow as the session progresses 

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