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Student-Sponsored Bill Approved by Senate Committee

A bill introduced by students at Concordia University, St. Paul has been approved by a Senate committee and will now head to both the House and Senate floors.

The group of six students in Jayne Jones' The Minnesota Legislature class are seeking to change current legislation that gives state legislators immunity from drunk-driving prosecution during legislative sessions.

The “No Boozin’ and Cruzin’ in Minnesota Bill”, sponsored by Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove and Sen. Mike Parry, R-Waseca, was approved by the House Public Safety Committee March 15 and by the Minnesota Senate Judiciary & Public Safety Committee March 22.

"After all the hard work I'm thrilled to see a successful outcome and justice," said Taylor Gittens, a senior majoring in psychology. "We've made it to the goal line and we're trying to punch it in. We won't stop untill we score." 

The bill has generated attention from both local and national media outlets, including a spot broadcast nationwide on the Fox News Channel

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