Legislative Activity and History

Learn about CADTP’s Legislative Initiatives and their impact over the years.

Legislative Action and History

CADTP has successfully sponsored eight legislative measures, and has been materially involved in the development, or revision, of a number of other legislative proposals.

These bills became law during the period of 1988-2010:

CADTP Sponsored Bills:

  • 1988 – Senate Bill 1365 (Seymour) established the 30 month DUI program for those with a 3rd or subsequent DUI conviction.
  • 1990 – Senate Bill 1344 (Seymour) required statewide implementation or the 3 month (30 hours of participation) education and counseling program for conviction of a 1st DUI offense.
  • 1993 – Senate Bill 1650 (Leonard) includes provisions that allow those who have permanently resided in a state other than California to apply for a driver’s license in the state of their current residence (the so-called “Desert Storm” provision since it was prompted by military personnel transfers) as long as they meet that state’s requirements for someone convicted of a DUI offense. Also established that proof of (DUI) program completion be provided to DMV before license could be reinstated after DUI conviction.
  • 1995 – Senate Bill 1295 (Lockyer) among other things, provided further detail (see SB1650) regarding proof of completion of DUI education and counseling program for those convicted of a 1st DUI offense and required DMV to suspend the individual’s driving privilege for failure to comply.
  • 1998 – Senate Bill 1177 (Johnson) requires anyone who is convicted of a 2nd or subsequent DUI offense, and who is ordered to enroll in, participate in, and complete a DUI education and counseling program, to do so subsequent to the latest violation. Prohibits credit being given for prior program participation.
  • 1999 – Senate Bill 1176 (Johnson) requires those convicted of an alcohol-related (“wet”) reckless driving offense to attend and complete the education component (minimum 12 hours) of a DUI education and counseling program.
  • 2001 – Assembly Bill 803 (Torlakson) requires courts to order individuals who are at least 18 years of age who are convicted of a DUI offense with a BAC of 0.05% or more to attend and complete the educational component of a DUI education and counseling program. Requires those individuals to attend and complete the 30 hour first offender program for at second conviction.
  • 2007 – Senate Bill 1756 (Migden) requires the license suspension period for those convicted of a 1st DUI offense with a BAC of 0.20% or higher to conform to the length of the required extended (9 month) DUI education and counseling program.

Bills With CADTP Material Involvement: *

  • 1990 – Assembly Bill 757 (Friedman) requires DMV to establish and maintain a DUI data and recidivism tracking system and evaluate efficacy of intervention programs for those convicted of DUI. Result: “Annual Report of the California DUI Management Information System”.
  • 1994 – Senate Bill 126 (Lockyer) among other things, requires proof of DUI program completion for those convicted of a 2nd or subsequent DUI offense prior to license reinstatement.
  • 1999 – Assembly Bill 1916 (Torlakson) among other things, requires those convicted a of a 1st DUI offense with a BAC of 0.20% or more to complete a 6 month DUI program.
  • 1999 – Senate Bill 24 (Committee on Public Safety) was a “clean up” measure for Assembly Bills 762 and 1916 and Senate Bill 1186.
  • 2004 – Senate Bill 1696 (Torlakson) among other things, requires DUI programs (not participants) to provide proof of enrollment and participation of convicted DUI offender directly to DMV.
  • 2010 – Assembly Bill 91 (Feuer) establishes a “pilot” program in 4 counties to assess the efficacy of mandatory ignition interlock device usage for those convicted of a 1st or multiple DUI offense.

* NOTE: CADTP was materially involved in the measure’s development through participation in a committee or work group and/or CADTP submitted suggested language which was included in the final version of the bill.

For three decades, the California DUI program network has been providing services to well over 120 thousand impaired drivers per year at no cost to taxpayers. DUI-related arrests have also dramatically lowered during this time, and recidivism continues to decline. CADTP believes that future studies and evaluations will show that the DUI programs are not only an important component in preventing recidivism, but that they are also a wide-reaching and effective means of moving alcohol and other drug dependent individuals toward long-term recovery. CADTP will continue to work to improve and promote understanding of these programs.

CADTP Legislative Activity