Annapolis, MD – Rich Leotta stood outside a brick building in Annapolis Thursday, uniformed police officers and reporters crowding around him. He implored the lawmakers inside to pass a bill named for his late son, Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta, that requires all convicted drunk drivers to use ignition interlock devices that keep the car from starting if the driver has been drinking.

Versions of the bill have been before the General Assembly for years, but have repeatedly stalled in the House of Delegates.

The bill is finally moving forward in the House, with a key debate scheduled for Friday morning, but Leotta said the legislation is now too weak to do much good.