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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The road to get something changed at the State Capitol can be a long one as some Concordia University students are finding out first hand.

The road can be especially long and winding when it's change that directly impacts legislators.

Lawmakers are given a card when they are voted into office. Every legislator is a card carrying member and on the back of the card it reads.

"Privileged from Arrest: The members of each house in all cases except treason, felony and breach of the peace shall be privileged from arrest during the session."

In other words, when lawmakers are in session, they're above the law. At least, that's how the students see it.

"We're not trying to change the constitution, we're just trying to add impaired driving so they can be prosecuted," explained Hope Baker, student Concordia University

The students are taking House Bill 2281 to every representative they can and said initially it received a lot of support.

When they talk to lawmakers, they're sure to tell them that their peers are using them as a "get out of jail free" card.

"It's been used, there's no question it hasn't been used, but it's just finding a paper trail," said Baker. "We've talked to police departments for the cities that we have been told something happened and all they say to us, same thing every person, 'We can't tell you it hasn't been used.'"

The students say they don't want legislators to get rid of the cards, they're OK that they have them, they just want to add two words, "driving impaired" to the "breach of peace" portion of the card.

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