Legislative Privilege and Immunity CLE

8/3/2010

Most state constitutions give legislators the constitutional privilege of free speech and debate in relation to their legislative work. This immunity is intended to allow lawmakers to do their work without the threat of interference from other branches of government. In some cases, the courts have extended this authority to include the work of legislative employees. Hear two experts discuss the origins of legislative privilege and immunity and recent cases that illustrate what you should know if you find yourself in court.

Moderator

  • Lisa K. Sandberg, Legislative Service Commission, Ohio

Panelists

  • Steven F. Huefner, OSU Moritz College of Law, Ohio
  • Peter Wattson, Senate counsel, Minnesota