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Hope Baker (left), a Jefferson High School graduate who is now attending Concordia College in St. Paul, is among a group of students that’s trying to close a loophole in the Minnesota Constitution that allows legislators to drive drunk in some circumstances. Others shown include (left to right) Representive Ryan Winkler and students Adam Goinz, Margaret Zirbel, Akolade Gbadamosi and Jordan Strickland. (Contributed)

Jefferson High School graduate wants to close loophole allowing legislators to drive drunk

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A 2010 graduate of Jefferson High School is trying to close a loophole that allows state legislators to drive drunk in some circumstances.


Hope Baker is among eight Concordia University-St. Paul political science students who are trying to pass the Legislator Immunity Act of 2014 (HF 2282).

The legislation cleared a hurdle last week when it was passed by a House public safety committee, 11-2.

On Tuesday night, it’s scheduled to go before the Senate.

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Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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