Bill: Probable cause hearing before arresting lawmakers

Senate Bill 2092, filed by Sen. Robert Jackson, D-Marks, reads: “A member of the Mississippi Legislature would be added to the list of officials entitled to a probable cause hearing in circuit court before an arrest warrant shall be issued against the person for a criminal act, whether misdemeanor or felony, that is alleged to have occurred while the person was engaged in the performance of official duties.”

State law now requires a probable cause hearing for a sworn law officer, a licensed teacher, a certified jail officer and a counselor at an adolescent opportunity program.

“A lot of time people will file false charges against a police officer,” Jackson said. “I want to have the same protection for legislators to prevent false arrests.”