HB 710

83(R) - 2013
Homeland Security

Vote Recommendation

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Bill Callegari

Bill Caption

Relating to the use by an active peace officer of the officer's rank or status to advertise or promote certain private businesses.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal impact is anticipated on the State or local government.

Bill Analysis

Summary: HB 710 would prohibit police officers from using their title and status as an officer to advertise for private businesses, excluding those directly related to law enforcement.

Analysis: HB 710 limits the government by preventing its employees from trading on their status in the community by advertising for a private company in an official capacity. Police officers advertising for specific businesses would constitute, at the very least, an in kind subsidy to that business. The government should steer clear of interfering in the free market. Allowing police officers to advertise in their official capacity for a particular business may create a completive advantage for that business. This is not the proper role of limited government. We support HB 710.