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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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