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3.14 CONTEMPTS.
Each house may punish, as a contempt, a breach of its privileges, or of the privileges of its
members, but only for the following offenses:
(1) arresting or causing to be arrested, a member or officer in violation of the member's
privilege from arrest;
(2) disorderly conduct in its view and presence, or in the view and presence of any of its
committees, tending to interrupt its proceedings;
(3) giving or offering a bribe to a member, or attempting by menace or corrupt or improper
means, directly or indirectly, to control or influence a member in giving or withholding the
member's vote.
No person shall be excused from attending and testifying before either house of the
legislature, or a committee of either house, for an alleged offense upon an investigation of giving
or offering a bribe, or attempting by menace or corrupt or improper means, directly or indirectly,
to control or influence a member in giving or withholding the member's vote upon the ground that
the person's required testimony or evidence, documentary or otherwise, may tend to convict the
person of a crime or subject the person to a penalty. No person shall be prosecuted, or subjected to
a penalty for a transaction, matter, or thing concerning which the person may so testify, or produce
evidence, documentary or otherwise. No testimony, so given or produced, shall be received
against the person in any criminal investigation or proceeding.
History: (38) RL s 19; 1907 c 319 s 1; 1971 c 227 s 2; 1986 c 444; 1988 c 469 art 1 s 1