Bill reversing ban on lawmakers' drunken-driving arrests passes committee



Minnesota lawmakers would lose their equivalent of "get-out-of-jail-free cards" for drunken driving during legislative sessions under a bill approved by a House committee Wednesday night.

The measure would clarify that driving under the influence does not fall under the "legislative immunity" provision in the Minnesota Constitution that protects lawmakers from arrests while the Legislature is in session "in all cases except treason, felony and breach of the peace."



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