Florida bill seeks fines, jail time for lying to lawmakers

Posted at 3:26 PM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-23 11:31:35-05

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.