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HB 473 would prohibit the sale or transfer of any police vehicle that could mislead a reasonable person that the vehicle is a law enforcement vehicle.
Impersonation of a police officer is a crime that can have serious public safety consequences. If police cars are sold to the public without being fully and properly decommissioned, it would be much easier for a person to put on the appearance of a legitimate officer of the law in order to assert authority not actually vested in that person. This legislation will essentially prevent government agencies from inadvertently helping to facilitate the impersonation of a police officer. This supports our individual liberty principle (for the people who would be harmed by police impersonators) and our limited government principle. We support HB 473.