ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota state lawmakers would no longer have immunity from drunk-driving arrests under a bill that's passed a House committee.
The Civil Law Committee passed the measure Friday. But its future is in doubt because a Senate panel tabled its version of the bill on Thursday.
Some lawmakers have questioned whether a change is necessary. They say there's no evidence that elected officials are eluding drunk-driving arrests by citing immunity.
Sen. Scott Newman, a Hutchinson Republican who moved to table the bill in his chamber, noted that Minnesota Sheriffs Association members have said anyone who fails a sobriety test would be arrested.
Some students at Concordia University have made it a mission to remove the immunity protection. Student Hope Baker says the wording of the law prevents DWI arrests.