House of Representatives Expected to Pass New Stolen Valor Act

The new re-tooled version of the Stolen Valor act is expected to be passed through the House of Representatives this week. It is on the House’s “suspension” calendar today, meaning it will pass with a two-thirds majority vote, without amendment and after 40 minutes of debate.  The bill would create additional federal penalties for “fraudulent” representations concerning military decorations.

The aim is to protect the honor of veterans who have put their life on the line for their country.

The original act, passed in 2006, was struck down in June by the Supreme Court on First Amendment free-speech grounds. It mandated jail time for people making false claims about military service.

In their ruling, justices suggested that a more narrowly written bill might pass constitutional scrutiny.

Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., introduced the new version of the act – with 107 cosponsors. – that would make it a crime for a person “with the intent to obtain money, property or anything of value” to make false claims about their military service. If found guilty, an offender could be fined and/or imprisoned up to a year.
You can read more of the story here House to Pass Stolen Valor Act

Here is the current version of the Stolen Valor Act, requires PDF Reader. Stolen Valor Bill

 

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