Date of enactment: July 1, 2015
2015 Senate Bill 95   Date of publication*: July 2, 2015
* Section 991.11, Wisconsin Statutes: Effective date of acts. "Every act and every portion of an act enacted by the legislature over the governor's partial veto which does not expressly prescribe the time when it takes effect shall take effect on the day after its date of publication."
An Act to create 946.78 of the statutes; relating to: falsely claiming military service or honors, and providing a penalty.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:
30,1 Section 1. 946.78 of the statutes is created to read:
946.78 False statement regarding military service. (1) In this section:
(a) "Military" means the U.S. armed forces, the state defense force, the national guard of any state, or any other reserve component of the U.S. armed forces.
(b) "Tangible benefit" includes financial remuneration, an effect on the outcome of a criminal or civil court proceeding, an effect on an election, and any benefit relating to service in the military that is provided by a federal, state, or local governmental unit or agency.
(2) Except as provided in sub. (3), whoever knowingly and with the intent to receive a tangible benefit falsely claims any of the following is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor:
(a) That he or she is or was a service member in the military.
(b) That he or she has been awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor, a Distinguished Service Cross, a Navy Cross, an Air Force Cross, a Silver Star, a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, a Combat Infantryman's Badge, a Combat Action Badge, a Combat Medical Badge, a Combat Action Ribbon, a Combat Action Medal, or a Special Operations Identifier or Special Qualification or Skill Identifier, as authorized by Congress or pursuant to federal law for the U.S. armed forces.
(3) Any person violating sub. (2) with the intent to commit or aid or abet the commission of a crime other than a crime under this section is guilty of a Class H felony.