NM Stolen Valor Act Passes House Committee

SANTA FE — The House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee approved by unanimous consent House Bill 67 Tuesday afternoon, the New Mexico Stolen Valor Act, sponsored by Rep. Bob Wooley (R-Roswell). 

The bill was developed by the Military and Veterans Affairs Interim Committee, and it is co-sponsored by Reps. Debbie Rodella (D-Española), David Adkins (R-Albuquerque), Randal Crowder (R-Clovis) and Sen. Richard Martinez (D-Española).

House Bill 67 would make it a misdemeanor crime to misrepresent one’s military service with the intent of securing benefits based on that service. 

The bill is patterned after the federal Stolen Valor Act of 2013. Currently, 26 states have enacted some form of a “stolen valor” law.

“Individuals who falsely claim military service to gain a personal benefit dishonor every serviceman and woman who have put on a uniform,” Wooley said. “I strongly encourage my colleagues to approve this bill and add New Mexico to the list of states committed to protecting the honor of our military heroes.”

HB 67 has also been referred to the House State Government, Indian, and Veterans Affairs Committee as well as the House Appropriations and Finance Committee.