Cryptocurrency 2021 Legislation

Heather Morton 5/14/2021

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Digital or virtual currencies are a medium of exchange but are not regular money.

Unlike dollar bills and coins, cryptocurrencies are not issued or backed by the U.S. government or any other government or central bank. The lack of a physical token to count and hold may confuse some. Rather, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are a form of digital currency used in electronic payment transactions—no coins, paper money or banks are involved; there are zero to minimal transaction fees; transactions are fast and not bound by geography; and, similar to using cash, transactions are anonymous.

Digital currencies are stored in digital wallets, which are software or apps installed by users on their computer or mobile device.

Each digital wallet contains encrypted information, called public and private keys, that is used to send and receive the digital currency. All digital currency transactions are recorded in a virtual public ledger called the “blockchain,” which is maintained by digital currency “miners.” These miners can be anyone, anywhere in the world, who is willing to invest in the specialized computer hardware needed to rapidly process complex computations. Miners are awarded digital currency, like Bitcoin, Ripple, Dogecoin, and Litecoin, in exchange for verifying each transaction and adding it to the blockchain.

Thirty-one states have pending legislation in the 2021 legislative session. Arizona created a blockchain and cryptocurrency study committee. Arkansas clarified control of virtual currency under the Uniform Commercial Code and amended the Uniform Money Services Act to include virtual currency. Hawaii adopted a resolution requesting the department of commerce and consumer affairs to reconsider its 2016 ruling on asset reserve requirements for virtual currency companies and cryptocurrency companies to conduct business in Hawaii and to align the state’s asset reserve requirements for these companies with the asset reserve requirements in other states.

Indiana repealed the unclaimed property act and replaced it with the revised unclaimed property act that includes virtual currency. Kentucky created the new section of KRS 139 which defines various terms relating to commercial mining of cryptocurrency using blockchain technology. Louisiana adopted a resolution commending Bitcoin for its success in becoming the first decentralized trillion dollar asset and encourages the state and local governments to consider ways that could help them benefit from the increased use of this new technology.

North Dakota required, during the 2021-22 interim, the legislative management shall consider studying the feasibility and desirability of regulating special purpose depository institutions and regulating other entities engaged in virtual currency business activities. The legislative management shall report its findings and recommendations, together with any legislation required to implement the recommendations, to the 68th legislative assembly. Wyoming created a cryptocurrency staking program and advisory council; provides for matching funds related to carbon capture, utilization and storage projects and provided for the formation and management of decentralized autonomous organizations.

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Cryptocurrency 2021 Legislation

State

Bill Number

Bill Summary

Alabama

HB 372
Indefinitely postponed 5/6/21

This bill exempts virtual currency, herein defined, from ad valorem taxation.

Alaska

None

 

Arizona

HB 2544
Signed by governor 5/7/21, Chapter 339

Establishes a  blockchain and cryptocurrency study committee.

Arkansas HB 1888

Clarifies the rights of purchasers who obtain control of virtual currency for purposes of the Uniform Commercial Code.

Arkansas

HB 1926
Signed by governor 4/30/21, Act 1078

Clarifies control of virtual currency under the Uniform Commercial Code.

Arkansas

SB 150
Signed by governor 4/1/21, Act 532

Amends the Uniform Money Services Act, includes virtual currency.

California

None

 

Colorado

None

 

Connecticut

None

 

Delaware

SB 103

This bill adopts an express reporting requirement for virtual currency, with an exemption for game-related digital content with minimal or no value; defines virtual currency and game-related digital content; requires the liquidation of and conversion to U.S. dollars of virtual currency prior to reporting and remitting this property to the state; and limits the exposure of both the state and the reporting holder to claims by the putative owners of this property type for subsequent gains in value, given the volatility inherent in this property type’s value.

District of Columbia

None

 

Florida

HB 1351
Passed House 4/23/21
SB 1758
Died in committee 4/30/21

Relates to money services businesses; amends §559.952, F.S.; revises exceptions for a licensee during the Financial Technology Sandbox period; amends §560.103, F.S.; revises and provides definitions; amends §560.204, F.S.; prohibits certain activities by a person without obtaining a license; revises the definition of the term "compensation"; amends §560.210, F.S.; and provides requirements for a money transmitter that receives virtual currency; excluding virtual currency in the calculation of permissible investments.

Georgia

None

 

Guam

None

 

Hawaii

HCR 118
Passed House 3/31/21
HR 94
Adopted 3/31/21

Requests the department of commerce and consumer affairs to reconsider its 2016 ruling on asset reserve requirements for virtual currency companies and cryptocurrency companies to conduct business in Hawaii and to align the state's asset reserve requirements for these companies with the asset reserve requirements in other states.

Idaho

HB 181

Relates to digital assets; amends title 28, Idaho code, by the addition of a new chapter 53, title 28, Idaho code, provides a short title, defines terms, provides for classification of digital assets as property and provides application to the uniform commercial code, to provide for digital asset custodial services, provides for jurisdiction of Idaho courts, and establishes the Idaho utility token act.

Idaho HB 328

Relates to digital assets; adds a new chapter 53, title 28, Idaho code, to provide a short title, to define terms, to provide for classification of digital assets as property and to provide application to the uniform commercial code, to provide for perfection of security interests and certain secured parties, to provide for digital asset custodial services, and to provide for jurisdiction of Idaho courts. Includes virtual currency as a digital asset.

Illinois

HB 854

Amends the State Treasurer Act. Repeals provisions regarding transfer of power; transfer of personnel; transfer of property; and rules and standards. Amends the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act. Changes the definition of "virtual currency". Provides that a money order is presumed abandoned if it is unclaimed by the apparent owner three (rather than seven) years after issuance. Provides that virtual currency is presumed abandoned if it is unclaimed by the apparent owner five years after the last indication of interest in the property. Provides that a business association who has no reportable property shall so report to the administrator under specified circumstances. Provides that the administrator does not need to notify the Department of Revenue of the names or social security numbers of apparent owners of abandoned property if the administrator reasonably believes that the Department of Revenue will be unable to provide information that would provide sufficient evidence to establish that the person in the Department of Revenue's records is the apparent owner of unclaimed property in the custody of the administrator. Includes a provision regarding identification of apparent owners of abandoned property using other state databases. Provides that if property reported to the administrator is virtual currency, the holder shall liquidate the virtual currency and remit the proceeds to the administrator. Makes changes to provisions regarding: when tax-deferred and tax-exempt retirement accounts presumed abandoned; U.S. savings bonds; crediting income or gain to owner's account; and action by a person whose claim is denied.

Illinois HB 3968
Passed House 4/21/21

Amends the Corporate Fiduciary Act to create the Special Purpose Trust Company Authority and Organization Article. Provides that a corporation that has been or shall be incorporated under the general corporation laws of the state for the special purpose of providing fiduciary custodial services or providing other like or related services as specified by rule may be appointed to act as a fiduciary with respect to such services and shall be designated a special purpose trust company. Provides that it shall not be lawful for any person to engage in the activity of a special purpose trust company without first filing an application for and procuring a certificate of authority from the secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation. Provides that the Department shall adopt rules for the administration of the Article, and that specified Articles of the Corporate Fiduciary Act shall apply to a special purpose trust company as if the special purpose trust company were a trust company. Amends the Illinois Banking Act. In provisions concerning conversion and merger with trust companies, provides that a special purpose trust company may merge with a state bank or convert to a state bank as if the special purpose trust company were a trust company. Defines "special purpose trust company". Amends the Blockchain Business Development Act to provide that the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation shall have authority to adopt rules, opinions, or interpretive letters regarding the custody of digital assets, including digital consumer assets, digital securities, and virtual currency.

Illinois SB 338
Passed Senate 4/21/21

Amends the State Treasurer Act. Repeals provisions regarding transfer of power; transfer of personnel; transfer of property; and rules and standards. Amends the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act. Changes the definition of "virtual currency". Provides that a money order is presumed abandoned if it is unclaimed by the apparent owner three (rather than seven) years after issuance. Provides that virtual currency is presumed abandoned if it is unclaimed by the apparent owner five years after the last indication of interest in the property. Provides that a business association who has no reportable property shall so report to the administrator under specified circumstances. Provides that the administrator does not need to notify the Department of Revenue of the names or social security numbers of apparent owners of abandoned property if the administrator reasonably believes that the Department of Revenue will be unable to provide information that would provide sufficient evidence to establish that the person in the Department of Revenue's records is the apparent owner of unclaimed property in the custody of the administrator. Includes a provision regarding identification of apparent owners of abandoned property using other state databases. Provides that if property reported to the administrator is virtual currency, the holder shall liquidate the virtual currency and remit the proceeds to the administrator. Makes changes to provisions regarding: when tax-deferred and tax-exempt retirement accounts presumed abandoned; U.S. savings bonds; crediting income or gain to owner's account; and action by a person whose claim is denied.

Indiana

SB 188
Signed by governor 4/29/21, Session Law 141

Repeals the unclaimed property act and replaces it with the revised unclaimed property act. Includes virtual currency.

Iowa

None

 

Kansas

None

 

Kentucky

HB 230
Signed by governor 3/25/21, Act 122

Repeals the unclaimed property act and replaces it with the revised unclaimed property act. Includes virtual currency.

Kentucky SB 134

Passed Senate 3/4/21

Amends KRS 286.11-003 to add definitions for "medium of exchange" and "virtual currency"; deletes definition for "monetary value"; amends definition of "money transmission"; makes technical corrections; amends KRS 286.11-007 to conform; amends KRS 286.11-017 and 286.11-021 to modify money transmitter licensing periods and renewal deadlines.

Kentucky SB 177

Establishes KRS Chapter 355A and creates new sections thereof to define and establish property classifications for digital assets; supplements and modifies provisions of the Uniform Commercial Code, KRS Chapter 355, relating to the classification, perfection, and priority of digital assets; allows debtors located in Kentucky to file a financial statement with the secretary of state to perfect a security interest in a digital asset; establishes when a transferee takes a digital asset free of any security interest perfected by filing; for purposes of Article 9 of KRS Chapter 355, establishes when digital assets are located in Kentucky; classifies open blockchain tokens with certain characteristics as intangible personal property; requires developers and sellers of certain open blockchain tokens to file a notice of intent with the secretary of state, and pay a filing fee, prior to sale in this state; requires the secretary of state to promulgate forms and make the forms accessible to filers; requires facilitators of certain open blockchain tokens in the resale market to comply with certain requirements; establishes penalties for violation of the section; provides that the secretary of state may make referrals to law enforcement agencies; provides that section may be cited as the "Kentucky Utility Token Act;" creates a new section of Subtitle 2 of KRS Chapter 286 to permit certain Kentucky financial institutions to elect to provide custodial services of customer currency and digital assets in accordance with the provisions of the section; establishes internal control and customer contracting requirements for providing custodial services under the section; provides that digital assets held in custody under the section are not depository liabilities or assets of the financial institution; requires the commissioner of financial institutions to establish a supervision fee; creates a new section of Article 1 of KRS Chapter 355 to conform; amends KRS 369.103 to include transactions involving digital assets; provides that the secretary of state and the commissioner of financial institutions shall promulgate administrative regulations to implement the Act on or before Oct. 1, 2021.

Kentucky SB 178

Creates a new Subtitle 12 of KRS Chapter 286 to establish special purpose depository institutions that engage in a nonlending banking business; establishes findings and purposes for subtitle; provides for the organization, powers, and chartering of the institution; requires directors to take oaths; establishes capital, bonding, contingency, and insurance requirements; establishes requirements for offering depository accounts and other services; provides that certain provisions of Subtitle 3 of KRS Chapter 286 shall apply to the institutions; establishes branching requirements for in-state and out-of-state institutions; provides for administrative appeals; requires the commissioner of financial institutions to adopt administrative regulations to implement the subtitle; establishes administrative penalties and procedures for violations of the subtitle; establishes when the commissioner shall close an institution for liquidation; establishes procedures for voluntary dissolution; amends KRS 286.1-011 and 286.2-685 to conform; amends KRS 286.2-040 to allow the commissioner to examine special purpose depository institution service providers; requires the commissioner to promulgate administrative regulations to implement the Act on or before Oct. 1, 2021.

Kentucky SB 255

Signed by governor 3/25/21, Act 141

Amends KRS 154.27-010 to define additional terms; amends KRS 154.27-020 to change the name of the program to "Incentives for Energy-related Business" and includes cryptocurrency facilities with a minimum capital investment of $1 million; amends KRS 154.27-030, KRS 154.27-095,154.12-2035, and 353.804. to conform.

Louisiana

HR 33

Adopted 4/21/21

Commends Bitcoin for its success in becoming the first decentralized trillion dollar asset and encourages the state and local governments to consider ways that could help them benefit from the increased use of this new technology.

Maine

LD 1466, Special Session

Improves the efficiency of certain consumer credit protection laws; confirms the ability of the Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection to regulate transmission of digital currencies, such as Bitcoin.

Maine

LD 1615, Special Session

This bill proposes to implement strategies relating to blockchain, cryptocurrency and other financial technology to promote regulatory efficiency, enable business organizational and governance structures that may expand opportunities in financial technology and promote education regarding and adoption of financial technology in the public and private sectors. This bill also proposes to: 1. Define "blockchain" and "blockchain technology"; 2. Enable the creation and regulation of personal information protection companies; 3. Enable the creation of blockchain-based limited liability companies; and 4. Create a study for the potential use of blockchain technology in government record keeping.

Maryland

None

 

Massachusetts

HB 126

Establishes a special commission (including members of the General Court) on blockchain and cryptocurrency.

Michigan

None

 

Minnesota

HF 75
SF 444

To conference committee 4/22/21

Relates to forfeiture; limits vehicles and other property subject to forfeiture; includes cryptocurrency in the definition of money; provides for recovery of property by innocent owners; modifies participation in the federal equitable sharing program; requires reports; and appropriates money.
Minnesota HF 1030

Amends law and appropriating money for courts, Guardian Ad Litem Board, Uniform Laws Commission, Board on Judicial Standards, Board of Public Defense, and human rights; modifies criminal, civil, data practices, and forfeiture law. Includes cryptocurrency in the definition of money.

Minnesota HF 1078
SF 970

Modifies certain provisions of law related to public safety, law enforcement, adult and juvenile corrections, community supervision, rehabilitation, criminal sexual conduct, crime, sentencing, community safety, crime victims, child protection background checks, emergency response, fire safety, civil law, data practices, human rights, and forfeiture law; provides for task forces and working groups; provides for rulemaking; provides for criminal penalties; requires reports. Includes cryptocurrency in the definition of money.

Mississippi

None

 

Missouri

HB 1277

Modifies the offense of money laundering, includes virtual currency.

Montana

None

 

Nebraska

LB 648

Adopts the Transactions in Digital Assets Act.

Nebraska

LB 649

Adopts the Nebraska Financial Innovation Act.

Nevada AB 324 Classifies digital assets for the purposes of the treatment of such assets under the Uniform Commercial Code; authorizes a bank to provide certain custodial services for digital assets; sets forth certain requirements for the provision of such custodial services; exempts an operator of a peer-to-peer digital currency platform from certain provisions governing persons engaged in the business of transmitting money; revises the definition of “virtual currency” for the purposes of provisions exempting virtual currencies from taxation; and provides other matters properly relating thereto.

Nevada

SB 39

Authorizes the state treasurer, if he or she makes certain determinations and obtains the approval of the State Board of Finance, to enter into a contract to provide for the acceptance of transfers of digital tokens by certain governmental entities that have been approved by the state treasurer to participate in the contract. The bill defines the term “digital token” to mean a digital representation of U.S. dollars that: (1) is converted to and from U.S. dollars by a digital token payment system; and (2) may only be transferred, stored or traded electronically.

Nevada

SB 71
Sent to governor 5/13/21

Relates to unclaimed property; revises provisions of the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act. Includes virtual currency.

New Hampshire

None

 

New Jersey

AB 1392

Regulates and establishes certain consumer protections concerning digital currencies.

New Jersey

AB 2155
 

This bill, the “Digital Currency Jobs Creation Act,” establishes a regulatory framework for digital currency businesses to operate in New Jersey and creates certain incentives for digital currency businesses to locate in the state.

New Jersey

AB 2891
Passed Assembly 3/25/21
SB 3132

Creates the Digital Asset and Blockchain Technology Act.

New Mexico

None

 
New York AB 3099
SB 5643

Establishes the office of financial resilience to develop and implement new programs and initiatives for the purpose of supporting local economies and promoting resilient financial models.

New York

AB 3336

Relates to financial technology products and services; establishes a regulatory sandbox program.

New York AB 3747

Establishes a task force to study the potential designation of economic empowerment zones for the mining of cryptocurrencies in the state of New York.

New York AB 3860
SB 5042

Establishes a task force to study the impact of a state-issued cryptocurrency on the state of New York.

New York AB 3906

Establishes that state agencies are allowed to accept cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin and bitcoin cash as payment.

New York AB 7389
SB 6486

Establishes a moratorium on the operation of cryptocurrency mining centers; provides that operation of a cryptocurrency mining center shall only be authorized following completion of a full generic environmental impact statement review and a finding that such center will not adversely affect the state greenhouse gas emission targets in the climate leadership and community protection act of 2019; provides for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof.

New York SB 5044

Creates the digital currency task force to provide the governor and the legislature with information on the potential effects of the widespread implementation of digital currencies on financial markets in the state.

New York SB 6584

Directs the New York state energy research and development authority to conduct a study on powering cryptocurrency mining facilities with renewable energy.

North Carolina

HB 631
SB 688

Authorizes and regulates sports wagering, includes digital and cryptocurrency in definition of cash equivalent.

North Dakota

HB 1267
Failed to pass House 2/2/21

Creates and enacts §6-09-15.10 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to cryptocurrency custodian services and exchanges; and to provide for a legislative management report.

North Dakota

HCR 3024
Passed House 2/24/21

Directs the Legislative Management to consider studying the feasibility and desirability of regulating special purpose depository institutions and regulating other entities engaged in virtual currency business activities.

North Dakota

SB 2021
Signed by governor 5/7/21

Requires, during the 2021-22 interim, the legislative management shall consider studying the feasibility and desirability of regulating special purpose depository institutions and regulating other entities engaged in virtual currency business activities. The legislative management shall report its findings and recommendations, together with any legislation required to implement the recommendations, to the 68th legislative assembly.

North Dakota

SB 2048
Signed by governor 4/19/21

Relates to the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act; relates to abandoned and unclaimed property; relates to the uniform unclaimed property act; provides for a report; provides a penalty; provides a continuing appropriation. Includes virtual currency.

N. Mariana Islands

Not available

 

Ohio

None

 

Oklahoma

None

 

Oregon

HB 2696

Establishes the Oregon Cash Depository Corporation as independent public corporation and prescribes the corporation’s purposes and powers. Directs the corporation to lease or acquire real property and construct or renovate offices, facilities and business locations throughout the state at which corporation receives, handles, stores and dispenses cash and other valuable property. Establishes the Oregon Cash Depository Corporation Fund in the State Treasury and requires the corporation to deposit all moneys the corporation receives into the fund. Permits the corporation to invest moneys in the fund and a fraction of the corporation’s deposits in accordance with provisions of Act. Subjects the corporation to an annual audit by the secretary of State and requires the corporation to respond to recommendations in the audit report. Requires a study of the corporation’s operations every four years and a report to the Legislative Assembly. Requires the attorney general to defend the corporation and directors, officers and employees of the corporation against a claim or charge brought for actions in performing duties of the corporation.

Pennsylvania

SB 399

Relates to public officers, in ethics standards and financial disclosure; provides for definitions, for restricted activities and for penalties. Includes virtual currency in definition.

Pennsylvania SB 401

Relates to public officers, in ethics standards and financial disclosure; provides for definitions, for restricted activities, for statement of financial interests and for penalties; relates to lobbying disclosure; provides for definitions, for reporting and for penalties; relates to Turnpike Commission standards of conduct; provides for code of conduct. Includes virtual currency.

Puerto Rico

None

 

Rhode Island

HB 5425

This bill establishes an economic growth blockchain act, sets regulations for the sale of hemp, regulates virtual and digital assets and establishes depository banks for these purposes.

Rhode Island SB 345

This bill establishes an economic growth blockchain act, sets regulations for the sale of hemp, regulates virtual and digital assets and establishes depository banks for these purposes.

South Carolina HB 3495

Enacts the "South Carolina Blockchain Industry Empowerment Act of 2021" in order to establish this state as an incubator for tech industries seeking to develop innovation by using blockchain technology; adds §33-6-245 so as to further provide for the construction of terms relating to stock and certificate tokens; amends §33-6-250, relating to the form and content of corporate stock certificates, so as to authorize corporations to issue certificate tokens in lieu of stock certificates; adds chapter 47 to title 34 so as to provide that a person who develops, sells, or facilitates the exchange of an open blockchain token is not subject to specified securities and money transmission laws, and to provide specified verification authority to the attorney general and banking commissioner; adds chapter 51 to title 34 so as to specify that digital assets are property within the uniform commercial code, to authorize security interests in digital assets, to establish an opt-in framework for banks to provide custodial services for digital asset property as custodians, to specify standards and procedures for custodial services, to clarify the jurisdiction of South Carolina courts relating to digital assets, to authorize a supervision fee, and to provide for other related provisions to digital assets; amends §35-11-105, relating to definitions under the South Carolina anti-money laundering act, so as to define the term "virtual currency"; and amends §35-11-110, relating to matters and transactions to which the anti-money laundering act does not apply, so as to provide that the act does not apply to buying, selling, issuing, or taking custody of payment instruments or stored value in the form of virtual currency or receiving virtual currency for transmission to a location within or outside the United States by any means.

South Carolina

HB 3529

Adds §8-13-1325 so as to provide that candidates and committees may accept digital currency as contributions, that an increase in the value of digital currency being held by a candidate or committee must be reported as interest, and that a candidate or committee shall sell any digital currency and deposit the proceeds from the sale into a campaign account before spending the funds; and amends §8-13-1300, relating to definitions applicable to South Carolina campaign practices, so as to provide that the definition of "contribution" includes digital currency.

South Carolina HB 3849

Enacts the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act of 2021; provides for the manner in which and procedures and requirements under which abandoned and unclaimed property, as defined in the act, may be escheated by the state for sale or other disposition; provides criminal penalties for certain violations; repeals Chapter 18 of Title 27; relates to the 1988 Uniform Unclaimed Property Act, including subsequent amendments.

South Dakota

HB 1091

Provides provisions for virtual currency in this state.

Tenessee

None

 

Texas

HB 2070
SB 736

Relates to the regulation of sports wagering; requires an occupational permit; authorizes a fee; imposes a tax; creates criminal offenses; decriminalizes wagering on sports events. Includes virtual currency.

Texas HB 4474
Passed House 5/11/21

Relates to the control of virtual currency and the rights of purchasers who obtain control of virtual currency for purposes of the Uniform Commercial Code.

Texas HJR 100
SJR 55

Proposes a constitutional amendment relating to the right to own, hold and use any mutually agreed upon medium of exchange.

Utah

None

 

Vermont

None

 

Virginia

None

 

U.S. Virgin Islands

None

 

Washington

HB 1406
SB 5426

Establishes a 1% wealth tax on intangible financial assets of more than $1 billion. Includes virtual currency.

West Virginia

HB 2017
To House for concurrence 4/8/21

Rewrites the Criminal Code. Includes virtual currency.

Wisconsin

AB 325

This bill adopts the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (the act), as approved by the Uniform Law Commission, also known as the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. The act requires a holder of unclaimed property to submit that property to the state after a certain time has passed, a period referred to as a dormancy period. The state then attempts to return the property to its rightful owner. Generally, if the state is unable to return the property to its owner, the state may retain the property. Under current law, a holder of unclaimed property submits the property to the secretary of revenue who is the administrator of the act. The bill designates the Department of Revenue as the administrator and makes various changes to the act in order to make the act easier to administer. For example, the bill updates the act to address the disposition of unclaimed gift cards, life insurance benefits, securities, and virtual currencies. The bill also organizes the act chapter into subchapters in order to facilitate the act’s administration.

Wyoming HB 1

Signed by governor with line item vetoes 4/1/21, Chapter 69

Relates to supplemental appropriations and reduction of existing appropriations for the operation of state government for the fiscal biennium commencing July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2022; creates a cryptocurrency staking program and advisory council; provides for matching funds related to carbon capture, utilization and storage projects; and repeals prior appropriations and budget conditions.

Wyoming

HB 43
Signed by governor 4/3/21, Chapter 91

Relates to digital assets; amends the definition of digital asset; amends provisions related to the nature of digital assets under commercial law; amends security interest provisions relating to digital assets; specifies the application of commercial law to specific types of digital assets; clarifies provisions related to custody of digital assets by banks; establishes that certain digital assets provisions are consumer protection statutes for commercial law purposes.

Wyoming

HB 133
Signed by governor 4/5/21, Chapter 100

Relates to online sports wagering; authorizes online sports wagering; provides for regulation by the Wyoming Gaming Commission; imposes fees; requires rulemaking; creates an account; provides for the collection and distribution of revenues from online sports wagering to the state; creates penalties; specifies that fantasy sports contests are not gambling; includes virtual currency.

Wyoming

SF 38
Signed by governor 4/21/21, Chapter 162

Relates to corporations; provides for the formation and management of decentralized autonomous organizations and provides definition.

Wyoming

SF 105
Died in committee 3/19/21

Relates to digital assets; specifies disclosure obligations applicable to private cryptographic keys.

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Heather Morton is a program principal in Fiscal Affairs. She covers financial services, alcohol production and sales, broadband and telecommunications, and medical malpractice issues for NCSL.

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