Bill Text: MI HB6257 | 2017-2018 | 99th Legislature | Introduced

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Bill Title: Crimes; forgery; crimes involving forgery and counterfeiting; include altering a record by use of distributed ledger technology. Amends sec. 248 of 1931 PA 328 (MCL 750.248).

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Engrossed - Dead) 2018-12-06 - Referred To Committee On Judiciary [HB6257 Detail]

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June 12, 2018, Introduced by Rep. VanderWall and referred to the Committee on Law and Justice.


     A bill to amend 1931 PA 328, entitled


"The Michigan penal code,"


by amending section 248 (MCL 750.248), as amended by 2011 PA 206.




     Sec. 248. (1) A person who falsely makes, alters, forges, or


counterfeits a public record, or a certificate, return, or


attestation of a clerk of a court, register of deeds, notary


public, township clerk, or any other public officer, in relation to


a matter in which the certificate, return, or attestation may be


received as legal proof, or a charter, will, testament, bond,


writing obligatory, letter of attorney, policy of insurance, bill


of lading, bill of exchange, promissory note, or an order,


acquittance of discharge for money or other property, or a waiver,


release, claim or demand, or an acceptance of a bill of exchange,


or indorsement, or assignment of a bill of exchange or promissory


note for the payment of money, or an accountable receipt for money,


goods, or other property with intent to injure or defraud another


person is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not


more than 14 years.


     (2) This section does not apply to a scrivener's error.


     (3) This section applies to a person that accomplishes a


violation of subsection (1) by altering a record made utilizing


distributed ledger technology.


     (4) (3) The venue in a prosecution under this section may be


in the county in which the forgery was performed; in a county in


which a false, forged, altered, or counterfeit record, instrument,


or other writing is uttered and published with intent to injure or


defraud; or in the county in which the rightful property owner




     (5) As used in this section, "distributed ledger technology"


means any distributed ledger protocol and supporting


infrastructure, including blockchain, that uses a distributed,


decentralized, shared, and replicated ledger, whether use of the


ledger is public or private, permissioned or permissionless, and


that may include the use of electronic currencies or electronic


tokens as a medium of electronic exchange.


     Enacting section 1. This amendatory act takes effect 90 days


after the date it is enacted into law.