Senate committee votes to change legislative immunity

Minnesota lawmakers have get-out-of-jail free cards that grant them immunity from arrest while the Legislature is in session. A group of students from Concordia is pushing to change those rules to remove immunity for DWI offenses, and their effort is making fast progress, WCCO reports.
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Concordia students push to change 'legislative immunity'

Students in a government class at Concordia want to change what they call a loophole in the state's constitution that grants lawmakers immunity from arrest "in all cases except treason, felony and breach of the peace" while the Legislature is in session. The students want to change the definition of "breach of peace" to include drunken driving.

Vote on DWI immunity for lawmakers expected this week

Students in a Concordia University government class are lobbying to take drunk driving off the list of offenses from which legislators are immune. Their movement has gained momentum and votes on the House and Senate floors could come this week.

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