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As others see it: Wrong on DWI immunity

It is time for the Minnesota Legislature to update its longtime “immunity card” status that its member have while it is in session.

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Under Article 4, Section 10 of the Minnesota Constitution, state lawmakers “in all cases except treason, felony and breach of the peace, shall be privileged from arrest” while the Legislature is in session.

Thus, any Minnesota legislator during a legislative session can stop into a bar or restaurant in the Twin Cities or at their hometown and consume multiple drinks and then drive without fear of arrest. In fact, they can also pop a few pills or smoke a few joints and then drive without fear of arrest.

A group of political science students at Concordia University in St. Paul have campaigned recently to make sure such legislative immunity does not extend to driving under influence. ...

This legislative immunity should not be allowed for DWI arrests of legislators. The Minnesota House agrees with us as it has passed the DWI immunity bill this week by a vote of 115 to 13.

Apparently Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, does not see it as a problem, as he moved in late March to table the Senate bill addressing this issue. ...

There is no defense for efforts to protect such a shameless privilege.

West Central Tribune