Minn. State Lawmakers’ DWI Immunity Faces Challenge

Monday, 19 Mar 2012 11:58 AM

By Martin Gould

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A legal loophole that allows members of Minnesota's legislature to drive drunk without fear of prosecution is being challenged by state Republicans.

A vote to add DWI to the list of crimes that can be prosecuted is due in both houses of the state legislature this week, reports Fox News. Under the state Constitution, lawmakers can only be prosecuted for “treason, felony and breach of the peace,” while they are in session or traveling to and from the statehouse.

"Back in the 1800s, when our Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution, there was a natural fear of political retribution for certain votes and freedoms of speech," Concordia University political science Professor Jayne Jones told Fox News. “Our Founding Fathers wrote this in our Constitution for that purpose.”

Jones said one of her students interning in the Minnesota Senate had been offered a ride by a senator as “she couldn’t get arrested for DWI.” The senator hit the median as she drove away.

The GOP holds the majority in both houses of the state legislature. The legislation is sponsored by Republicans Rep. John Kriesel and Sen. Mike Parry.


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Ferguson Prosecutor: Some Witnesses Were 'Not Telling the Truth'

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 22:48 PM

Some witnesses who appeared before the grand jury investigating the death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown were " . . .

Judge Dismisses Suit on Oklahoma Execution Access

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 22:40 PM

A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by media organizations seeking greater access to the execution of Ok . . .

GOP Lawmakers Write Obama on Power Plant Pollution Regulations

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 22:06 PM

Ninety-six Republican lawmakers have signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to drop the Environmental Protection  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved