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No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 1625 would create the Class A misdemeanor offense of False Report of Misconduct by Emergency Responders. A person would commit this offense if with the intent to deceive, they knowingly make a false report that a peace officer or emergency services personnel, while performing official duties, engaged in conduct that violates a state law and makes the report to any law enforcement agency for the purpose of initiating a criminal investigation against the officer.
Making a false report with the intent of triggering an investigation is a serious crime. This bill creates a penalty that is commensurate with the crime and appropriately has strong mens rea protection requiring criminal intent in order to convict a defendant. We support HB 1625.