Public officials would be further protected from people who file liens against their property to harass them or to make a political statement, under a bill approved in a committee on Wednesday.
SB584 would expand the law that currently makes it a felony to file false claims against public officials to include members their spouses or children.
Rep. Jonathan Jordan, a Republican from Jefferson, said there have been instances of people filing liens as part of their claim that they are sovereign citizens and don’t fall under the jurisdiction of U.S. law. At other times, liens are filed just to cause trouble, he said.
These are high-profile targets for this kind of harassment,” Jordan told members of a House judiciary subcommittee.