Bill would protect officials from fraudulent legal action

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers are reviewing a bill seeking to limit fraudulent legal action taken against public officials.

Republican Sen. Greg Brower presented SB 197 to the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

The measure would prohibit people from filing false or harassing liens, which are legal claims of property to secure debt payment, against elected officials, candidates and government workers.

The bill would make it a felony to file a false lien and repeat offenders could see up to a 20 year prison sentence and $20,000 fines.

Brower said anti-government activists often file false or fraudulent liens against public officials in order to harass them and damage their credit scores.

The measure passed unanimously out of the Senate in April. The committee took no action on the bill.

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