A new bill tabled in New Jersey proposes the implementation of a mandatory business license for any firm involved in the crypto sector. The state has thus far been quite friendly to the crypto sector. This bill, which has been labeled “Digital Asset and Blockchain Technology Act,” is designed to apply consumer protection laws to those operating in the crypto sector. It was first tabled on February 20, 2020.
If it passes, the bill would require that all firms operating in the NJ crypto sector apply for a business license from the regulator. This bill is part of the state’s attempt to bring clarity to the state’s crypto industry. As more states in the US increase their oversight over the crypto sector, NJ does not want to be left behind.
To comply with the law, firms will need to provide their legal name, any aliases they use, and their legal and licensing details. Additionally, they will need to comply with all AML and anti-terror financing requirements. Other details that crypto firms would need to provide are the schedule for any payable fees and compliance with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Additionally, they would need to provide any information relating to market risks.
According to Yvonne Lopez, who is the main supporter of the bill, there are numerous BTC ATMs in NJ. However, while many people see them, not many of them understand their purpose. She added that the state must take steps to protect consumers while also allowing the crypto sector to flourish. As such, the aim of the bill is not to stifle the sector but to bring openness to the industry.
Crypto Regulation Moving Forward
The legislator behind the bill notes that while the crypto sector in NJ is developing, many people do not understand the industry. This is a common occurrence around the world. No matter how big the crypto sector might seem, it is worth noting that only a small section of the population understands it.
Many states in the US are beginning to understand this, which has led to several bills being proposed. However, in most cases, these bills are either too harsh for the sector or they do not gain enough support. Most states are beginning to exercise more oversight over the sector, in the interest of consumer protection.
While some view any development in the regulatory environment in a negative light, it is a sign that the sector is maturing. This is because, for many years, regulators have chosen to ignore the sector. However, the creation of legislation indicates that they acknowledge its existence. Despite action at the state level, the federal government has yet to come up with legislation.
Most regulators at the federal level, who have shown an interest in the sector, have only created harsh regulations. In most cases, they have come up with guidelines that have driven away firms trying to set up shop in the US. However, that might still change in the future.
Bitcoin Will Indirectly Be Involved With Legislators
Bitcoin on its own may be difficult to regulate, but legislators will surely focus on the companies behind the asset class. In order for Bitcoin to become mass adopted, cryptocurrency companies all over the globe will continue to build solutions. People tend to forget that these entities will have legal obstacles moving forward. Just because Bitcoin is decentralized and difficult to legislate doesn’t mean that it will dodge regulation. Bitcoin will indirectly be involved in legislation through the companies that are pushing its adoption with game changing products and solutions.
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