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Continued: Tevlin: These legislators won't let go of DWI exemption

  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 5, 2014 - 9:24 PM

He cited a case several years ago when he said a former Duluth legislator with an open bottle was taken home and later fined.

“The story was that years ago some thought that legislators were jailed to stop certain votes from happening — old folklore,” said Simoneau.

If legislators really think their colleagues are so corrupt that they would falsely arrest and imprison them over a vote, then our political house is in way worse shape than I feared it was.

Folklore should not dictate immunity laws, and law officers shouldn’t have any question as to whether they should give a legislator a sobriety test or not.

Sheran said she hopes to attach the issue to another bill and get it passed on the floor, perhaps this week. “Special privileges for legislators make voters distrustful of government,” she said.

Exactly.

If you are looking for a ray of hope in any of this, here it is: In an era when the parties can rarely agree on anything, it seems there are enough nitwits on both sides of the aisle to rise up for a cause — their own vested self-interest and an archaic sense of entitlement.

jtevlin@startribune.com • 612-673-1702 Follow Jon on Twitter: @jontevlin

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