St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - In a 115 to 13 vote Wednesday night, Minnesota Representatives approved a measure clarifying lawmakers are not immune to arrest or prosecution if they are pulled over for driving under the influence of alcohol.
An amendment added further clarity, ensuring that legislators are not immune from arrest for any crime.
“No legislator should have immunity from driving while intoxicated and this bill makes that fact crystal clear in our laws,” said the bill's author, Rep. Ryan Winkler (DFL-Golden Valley).
This legislation is related to an archaic provision in the state constitution dated back to 1858 when the state’s founding fathers wanted to protect legislators from being arrested and detained from votes on important measures.
The bill now heads to the Senate floor for a vote.