ND considering tougher penalties for petition fraud

House Bill 1397, drafted at Jaeger’s request, would make the punishment for falsifying names and information on a petition more harsh, raising the current penalty, a Class A misdemeanor — punishable with a maximum penalty of one year jail time, a $2,000 fine, or both — to a Class C felony, which has a max penalty of five years in jail, a $5,000, or both.

“Those are felonies, and here we have it repeated time after time,” Jaeger told the House Political Subdivisions Committee. “It is pretty serious.”

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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