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Student group protests misdemeanor immunity for lawmakers


St. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC) -- A Minnesota law is trying to be turned around by a group of Concordia University students. The law says lawmakers can't be arrested for a misdemeanor during the session.  In other words, they carry a "get out of jail free" card.

The law is from Article IV, Section 10 of the Minnesota Constitution called "PRIVILEGE FROM ARREST."

That section of the Constitution was written in the 1850's to keep lawmakers from getting their adversaries arrested on charges blown out of proportion or minor infractions to keep them from getting to the State Capitol to vote on certain bills.

It states "The members of each house in all cases except treason, felony and breach of the peace, shall be privileged from arrest during the session of their respective houses and in going to or returning from the same."

The immunity bill gets its first hearing in the House on Thursday. 

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