Pa. Senate passes ‘stolen valor’ bill

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Legislation that would make it a crime for Pennsylvanians to falsely claim veteran status on a driver’s license application is closer to becoming law.

Senate Bill 42 was sent to the House of Representatives this week after senators gave it unanimous approval.

A sample Pennsylvania driver's license with the veterans designation. (Credit: Pa. Department of Transportation)
A sample Pennsylvania driver’s license with the veterans designation. (Credit: Pa. Department of Transportation)

Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20) said her measure addresses concerns that were raised after a new state law allowed veterans to obtain an honorary designation on their driver’s license.

The self-certification process was designed to be simple for veterans, especially older veterans who may not have easy access to the Internet or their formal discharge papers, but some veterans said it was too easy for someone to falsely claim veteran status, Baker said.

Baker’s bill would set the penalty for misrepresentation at $300, or between 30 and 90 days in prison if the fine goes unpaid.

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