Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: April 19, 2016
Sen. Brian Bingman
Senate approves ‘Stolen Valor’ legislation
The full Senate approved a measure by Senate President Pro Tempore
and Rep. James Leewright that is aimed at ending the practice of
“stolen valor.” The bill was approved Tuesday 44 to
House Bill 2450, by Bingman and Leewright, increases the fine for
an act of “stolen valor,” which involves impersonating
a member of the Armed Forces by wearing any decoration or medals
awarded to members of the Armed Forces. The fine would be increased
from $100 to $1,000 under HB 2450.
“‘Stolen valor’ is a serious offense and is demeaning
to those who have served and those who are serving in the military.
Increasing the fine for impersonating a veteran should discourage
anyone from engaging in this despicable practice. This measure helps
protect the integrity and honor that comes with serving in our nation’s
Armed Forces. We value that service, our veterans and their families
and this measure is one way we can express our gratitude to them,”
said Bingman, R-Sapulpa.
The Senate leader noted it was just a week ago that lawmakers met
in a special joint session to honor the 45th Infantry and the Oklahoma
“Medals were awarded to men and women who exemplify the courage,
dedication, patriotism and professionalism that is a hallmark of
those who wear a uniform,” Bingman said. “Those who
fraudulently display those medals and decorations will face even
stronger penalties once this legislation becomes law.”
Leewright thanked the Senate for their support of the measure.
“It’s incredibly important that we protect the legacy
of our veterans from misuse. I appreciate the bipartisan support
this bill has received and look forward to it being signed into
law,” said Leewright, R-Bristow.
The bill now heads to the governor’s desk.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Bingman: (405) 521-5780