The move, sponsored by Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, was initiated as a project by a group of Concordia University students concerned that the card would extend to drunken driving. The Minnesota Senate tabled a similar measure in the Judiciary Committee.
"Secretary of State Mark Ritchie took an important step forward today," Winkler said in a statement. "Legislators, law enforcement and the public should not be confused into thinking that anyone, especially elected officials, are above the law in Minnesota. While it's unfortunate that we weren't able to pass a bill in 2014 that would permanently eliminate any questions about legislator immunity, we did raise understanding and awareness of this issue and can work toward a resolution in the next legislative session."
Interest groups spent less slightly money lobbying state government in 2015 than in the previous year, according to a report released Wednesday by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.
More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Thursday that would have required voters to show photo identification at the polls, prompting a lawmaker behind the effort to say he is confident the Republican-led Legislature will overturn the Democrat's action.