Rep. Ryan Winkler vows to keep pushing bill stripping legislators of DWI immunity
Legislators currently have a "get out of jail free" card for most sub-felony arrests.
As expected, today's deadline came and went without a bill that would strip legislators of the DWI immunity they currently enjoy during session making it out of committee.
Professor Jayne Jones, instructor of the Concordia University government students who wrote the bill and are lobbying for it at the Capitol, predicted it was likely dead this year if the deadline wasn't met. But the House Rules Committee still has the power to revive the bill, and its chief sponsor in that chamber, Rep. Ryan Winkler, D-Golden Valley, says he'll do everything he can to get it to the floor.
In a statement released today, Winkler said:
This bill was proposed by students as part of a project that encourages young people to get involved in the law making process. It has broad bipartisan support in the Legislature and I will continue to push it forward this session. Not only because these students have worked hard to ensure that it passes, but also because it addresses an outdated and unnecessary provision in our states constitution. No elected official is above the law.
Reached for comment this afternoon, we asked Winkler if Rules Committee members stand behind him. Some DFLers have already voted against the bill.
"I believe that House leadership is supportive of these efforts," he replied.
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