FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota senator is promoting a bill that would restore criminal penalties for those who lie about serving in the military or receiving medals or other honors.
Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad introduced a similar bill that sailed through Congress in 2006 and was signed into law by President George W. Bush. After years of challenges, the Stolen Valor Act was struck down last month by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Conrad and four other Democratic senators are co-sponsoring a new bill known as the Military Service Integrity Act. The North Dakota senator says it is related to the 2006 law, but has more specific and limited definitions to avoid constitutional issues.
Conrad tells The Forum newspaper that the legislation address something that "seems wrong at every level."