Senate Counsel, Research
and Fiscal Analysis
Minnesota Senate Bldg.
95 University Avenue W. Suite 3300
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 296-4791
Tom Bottern
State of Minnesota
S.F. No. 449 - DWI Law, Peace Officer Definition
Author: Senator Gregory D. Clausen
Prepared By: Kenneth P. Backhus, Senate Counsel (651/296-4396)
Date: January 29, 2019


SF No. 449 amends the definition of “peace officer” in the DWI law by striking the current limitation on the scope of the definition applicable to conservation officers (COs). Under current law, a CO is considered a peace officer for DWI-related purposes only for DWIs committed in off-road recreational vehicles and motorboats and for hunting while impaired offenses. This change removes that restriction so that a CO has the same authority regarding DWIs as do other peace officers.

Check on the status of this bill
Back to Senate Counsel and Research Bill Summaries page

This page is maintained by the Office of Senate Counsel, Research, and Fiscal Analysis for the Minnesota Senate.
Last review or update: 01/29/2019
If you see any errors on this page, please e-mail us at