Emma's Law passes through the state House

By Ava

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) Emma's Law has made it through the state House of Representatives with a unanimous vote and minimal changes. The hope is that the law will put a stop to repeat drunk driving offenders.

The amount of alcohol consumed was one of the changes made to the bill. The House agreed that almost twice the legal limit is in line with South Carolina's laws for a suspended license.

As it passed Wednesday, the law requires people convicted of a DUI who have a blood alcohol content of .15 will be required to install an interlock system and pay a fine or lose their driver's license.

Rep. Leon Stavrinakis says lawmakers also changed what was a perceived loophole in the bill regarding drivers who refuse a Breathalyzer test.

"There were a lot of people who wanted to make this applicable in cases where people are not even convicted yet and the body has chosen not to go that route, but to focus on people who are actually convicted," said Stavrinakis.

He says the bill will now go back to the senate, before it heads to Governor Haley's desk.

Stavrinakis says he's confident this will bill will be signed by the governor.{}