Governor Tom Vilsack travels to Hudson, Iowa, today to meet with high schoolers who are pushing to change Iowa’s drunken driving law. In 1996, Hudson high schooler Julie Farrell was killed in an auto accident caused by a driver whose blood alcohol level was point-oh-eight-seven — that’s below the legal intoxication limit in Iowa. Since January of this year, students in a Hudson High government class have been lobbying Iowa lawmakers — asking for passage of a bill which would set point-oh-eight as the new intoxication limit. Jillian Anderson, a 16-year-old Hudson sophomore, says it would make the roads safer. Anderson and other Hudson students have written personal letters, sent e-mail, launched a local public relations campaign with area t-v and radio stations and made a trip to Des Moines on February 16th to meet face-to-face with key lawmakers.Anderson says her work on the issue won’t end when her class does in May, it’s something she hopes next year’s class will keep at if it doesn’t pass this year.Last week, Senate Republican Leader Stewart Iverson said the “buck stops with him” and the bill will not be debated in the Senate. Governor Tom Vilsack is disappointed with Iverson’s decision. This morning at ten, Governor Vilsack meets with Anderson and other students from her class. Wanda Farrell, the mother of the young woman who was killed in that 1996 auto accident, will be there, too.
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