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Florida bill seeks fines, jail time for lying to lawmakers

January 22, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Lying to Florida lawmakers could become punishable by a $1,000 fine and 90 days in jail under a bill unanimously approved by a Senate committee.

The Senate Judiciary Committee gave its approval to a measure Tuesday that would make “disorderly or contemptuous conduct” while appearing before a legislative committee a second-degree misdemeanor.

The bill says that includes deliberately making false statements while testifying before a committee.

No House companion bill has been filed.

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