Maine LD 1642: An Act Regarding Stolen Valor

LD 1642 (subjects: CRIMES , FRAUD )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=1642&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Michael Thibodeau of Waldo: (R – District 11) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

0 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/9/2016 Senate Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator Rosen of Hancock REFERRED to the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
3/10/2016 House Bill REFERRED to the Committee on JUDICIARY.
In NON-CONCURRENCE and sent for concurrence.
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/10/2016 Senate On motion by Senator BURNS of Washington The Senate RECEDED and CONCURRED With REFERENCE to Committee on Judiciary in concurrence
4/1/2016 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED.

READ ONCE.

Committee Amendment “A” (S-454) READ and ADOPTED.

Under suspension of the Rules, READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (S-454) .

Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
4/1/2016 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
Under suspension of the rules
CONSENT CALENDAR – SECOND DAY.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (S-454).
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/4/2016 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/5/2016 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED, in concurrence.

Bill Text

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An Act Regarding Stolen Valor

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 17-A MRSA 354, sub- 2, A, as amended by PL 2015, c. 21, 1, is further amended to read:

A. Creates or reinforces an impression that is false and that the person does not believe to be true, including false claims impressions that the person is a veteran or a member of the Armed Forces of the United States or a state military force and false impressions as to identity, law, value, knowledge, opinion, intention or other state of mind; except that an intention not to perform a promise, or knowledge that a promise will not be performed, may not be inferred from the fact alone that the promise was not performed;

Sec. 2. 17-A MRSA 1306 is enacted to read:

1306. Deposit of certain fines in Maine Military Family Relief Fund

Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, if a person is convicted under section 354, subsection 2, paragraph A of theft by deception due to that person’s intentional creation or reinforcement of a false impression that the person is a veteran or a member of the Armed Forces of the United States or a state military force, any fine imposed on that person by the court must be deposited in the Maine Military Family Relief Fund established in Title 37-B, section 158.

Sec. 3. 37-B MRSA 158, as amended by PL 2013, c. 424, Pt. A, 29, is further amended to read:

158. Maine Military Family Relief Fund

The Maine Military Family Relief Fund, referred to in this section as “the fund,” is established as a nonlapsing fund in the department administered according to rules adopted by the Adjutant General. The funds deposited in the fund include, but are not limited to, fines imposed by the court on any person convicted under Title 17-A, section 354, subsection 2, paragraph A of theft by deception due to that person’s intentional creation or reinforcement of a false impression that the person is a veteran or a member of the Armed Forces of the United States or a state military force. The Adjutant General is authorized to award loans and grants from the fund for emergencies and other special needs to members or families of members of the Maine National Guard or residents of the State who are members or families of members of the Reserves of the Armed Forces of the United States and to distribute funds to a statewide nonprofit organization established for the purpose of providing assistance to members or families of members of the Maine National Guard or residents of the State who are members or families of members of the Reserves of the Armed Forces of the United States. The Military Bureau shall adopt rules establishing eligibility criteria for the loans and grants. Rules adopted pursuant to this section are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.

SUMMARY

Public Law 2015, chapter 21 amended the law governing theft by deception to specifically include as deception false claims of being a veteran or a member of the Armed Forces of the United States or a state military force. This bill specifies instead that the intentional creation or reinforcement of a false impression that a person is such a veteran or member constitutes deception under this law. This bill also specifies that any fine imposed on such a person must be deposited in the Maine Military Family Relief Fund.

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Note: Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA) Qualified candidates only accept a small dollar value of initial contributions early in their campaigns, pledge not to accept further campaign contributions from private sources, and receive public funding for their campaigns. MCEA Non-Qualified candidates choose not to obtain public funding and instead are free to accept campaign contributions from individuals, party committees, political action committees and business sources.


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