The state of Michigan is considering two draft laws that classify changes in the data in the blockchain as a crime. This is reported by CoinDesk.
As reported, first 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 second document includes changes to the current criminal code of Michigan. In particular, lawmakers suggest defining the terms "cryptocurrency" and "distributed ledger technology".
Both bills have already been submitted to the US Justice and Justice Committee.
Note, this is the first attempt by the state of Michigan authorities to introduce regulations on the cryptoindustry. In 2015, the management of the Michigan Department of the Treasury issued a paper, which explained that the purchase of a cryptocurrency is not taxed.