The House Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved legislation to create stricter penalties for impersonating a law enforcement officer.
House Bill 1357 would make the crime a third-degree felony, with a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
The term "law enforcement officer" would apply to a municipal police officer, state trooper, parole agent, drug enforcement agent, sheriff or deputy sheriff, wildlife conservation officer, waterways conservation officer, or a corrections officer.
The bill would also amend current law to require the seller of an emergency vehicle to remove any flashing lights or warning systems when selling the vehicle to someone who is not authorized to use the devices.
The proposal now goes to the full House for consideration.