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Repeal of legislative immunity proposed in Arizona

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PHOENIX (AP) -

A domestic violence incident on a Phoenix freeway may give Arizona voters a chance to repeal a century-old constitutional provision that allowed the lawmaker involved in the altercation to avoid being arrested that night.

A resolution introduced in the state Senate seeks a referendum to amend the Arizona Constitution. It would delete wording that bars arrests of legislators during and 15 days before legislative sessions.

Like those in many other states, Arizona's legislative immunity protects legislators from arrest except for "treason, felony or breach of the peace."

State Sen. Steve Gallardo introduced the legislation after Republican Scott Bundgaard resigned his Senate seat about an hour before he was to testify in a Senate ethics hearing stemming from the February incident.

Bundgaard denied invoking legislative immunity but police said he did.

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