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April 27, 2014

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A bill to specify that lawmakers do not have legal immunity from drunken-driving arrest during session received a setback March 27 when it was tabled by the Senate judiciary committee. Its Senate sponsor, Mankato DFLer Kathy Sheran, is looking for a way to revive it.

A similar version passed the House on April 10.

The judiciary committee chair, Ron Latz of St. Louis Park, is unlikely to help. He’s sent out at least two press releases over the past two weeks explaining his position — that the state Constitution’s exemption from arrest only applies to civil, not criminal, cases. Thus, he argues the bill corrects a misperception, not an actual problem.

Sheran said she is looking for a similar bill in the Senate to attach the DUI immunity bill to, but she’s not yet found a bill that’s similar.

Failing that, she has asked Latz to articulate his approach — that education, not legislation, should be the goal — in a bill of his own.

Dan Linehan can be reached at dlinehan@mankatofreepress.com or 344-6355.

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