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.”

Grand Forks Herald