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.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:
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.
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.