Lawmakers could lose drunk driving immunity

by Molly Novak

Concordia University students are trying to change a law that currently grants lawmakers the privilege to drive drunk to and from the capitol during session.

The Minnesota constitution currently excuses members of each house from arrests except in cases of treason, felony or breach of the peace. This means they could not be arrested for drunk driving or speeding as long as it is to and from the capitol during legislative sessions.

The law originated in the 1800s to stop the arrest of lawmakers, who would be jailed in order to prevent them from making key votes.

Students from Concordia University are trying to change the law after a drunken lawmaker boasted about this privilege, reported KSTP. The students partnered with other lawmakers to remove the immunity, wanting to include DWI's in the definition of "breach of peace."

The bill passed two committees. Reports from KARE 11 said it is being debated in the House and will be voted on in the Senate in the upcoming weeks.