Michigan Bill Would Make It Illegal to Counterfeit Blockchain Data

A pair of bills submitted to Michigan’s state legislature would make it a crime to illegally alter a blockchain record.

One of two bills presented earlier this month by state representative Curt WanderWall tweaks the state’s penal code pertaining to those who “makes, alters, forges or counterfeits a public record.” Under the proposed legislation, this would be extended to “a person that accomplishes a violation…by altering a record made utilizing distributed ledger technology.”

The legislation doesn’t offer any specific examples of what this means, nor is it clear what, exactly, spurred the creation of the bills.

Another piece of legislation offered up this month in Michigan applies similar changes for crimes involving credit cards. Like the previous bill, it extends an existing definition to cover the technology.