MINNESOTA: Students seek to strip legislative immunity from DWI legislators

SAINT PAUL, Minn. — State lawmakers are subject to the the laws they make, with one surprising exception.  They can’t be arrested for a misdemeanor during the session.
“Every time we talk to legislators about this they pull out their card and tell us, ‘Oh, you’re talking about this card’?” Jayne Jones, a Concordia University adjunct professor, told KARE. The card, issued to all 201 legislators, and signed by the Secretary of State, certifies that the lawmaker carrying it is entitled to privileges stated on the back of the card. The back quotes Article IV, Section 10 of the Minnesota Constitution.
“PRIVILEGE FROM ARREST. The members of each house in all cases except treason, felony and breach of the peace, shall be privileged from arrest during the session of their respective houses and in going to or returning from the same.”Jones said she even witnessed a clearly drunken legislator last year bragging about his immunity from DWI arrests in a St. Paul bar last year.
“We watched him actually walk out of the pub, get in his truck and drive home and he could barely stand up,” Jones recalled MORE