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CS/CS/HB 205 — Unlawful Use of Uniforms, Medals, or Insignia

by Criminal Justice Subcommittee; Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee; and Reps. Avila, Sabatini, and others (CS/SB 352 by Military and Veterans Affairs and Space Committee and Senators Hutson and Diaz)

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Military and Veterans Affairs and Space Committee (MS)

This bill revises the existing prohibition on a person misrepresenting himself or herself as a member or veteran of the United States Armed Forces. The law that this bill amends forbids misrepresentation while a person is soliciting for charitable contributions or seeking a material gain.

The bill specifies that the material gain prohibited include obtaining paid employment or public office.

As in existing law, a person who violates these provisions commits a third-degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment and a $5,000 fine.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect October 1, 2020.

Vote: Senate 38-0; House 116-0