abc
QUICK LINKS:

House Passes Bill to Erase Lawmaker Immunity

Updated: 04/10/2014 5:26 PM
Created: 04/10/2014 6:54 AM WDIO.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A proposal with roots in a college political science class has sparked a debate in the Minnesota Legislature over whether lawmakers should be immune from drunken driving arrests while they're in session.

At issue is a provision in the state constitution meant to protect legislators against being arrested to prevent them from voting on important measures. There's similar language in the U.S. Constitution and most state constitutions. But Jayne Jones' political science students at Concordia University in St. Paul say it's been abused.

The Minnesota House voted 115-13 late Wednesday to lift the immunity, and a state senator is looking for ways to bring up the proposal in her chamber.

Opponents say new legislation is unnecessary because U.S. Supreme Court decisions have stated conclusively that lawmakers aren't immune from arrests.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

 

Front Page

  • Democrats Vying for Wisconsin's 25th Senate District Talk Mining

    Mining is a top issue in northern Wisconsin's legislative races, and a formal debate Wednesday night was no exception. Three democrats vying for the 25th Senate District seat explained their views during a public debate at the Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland.

  • Scannell Testifies in His Own Criminal Sexual Misconduct Trial

    Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell took the witness stand today for what was an emotional testimony from the man charged with two accounts of 4th degree criminal sexual misconduct for a relationship he allegedly had with a 17-year old girl in August 2012. 

  • Bucks-Only Hunt This Fall in Most of NE Minn.

    Deer hunters in most of northeastern Minnesota will only be allowed to harvest bucks this fall as the Department of Natural Resources tries to rebuild deer numbers.  The bucks-only harvest will take place in 14 permit areas covering Lake, Cook, and much of St. Louis counties.

  • Stolen Motorcycle Pulled from Duluth-Superior Harbor

    Deputies with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office responded to the area under the Blatnik Bridge Wednesday morning to find a motorcycle submerged in three feet of water.

  • Wisconsin to Stop Enforcing Birth Control Law

    Gov. Scott Walker's administration will no longer enforce the state's contraception coverage law for employers with religious objections following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month.

 
Advertisement