Utah Bill Exempts Blockchain Firms from Money Transmitter Act

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Utah Bill Exempts Blockchain Firms from Money Transmitter Act

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In a bid to encourage and simplify the use of cryptocurrency in the region, lawmakers from the US state of Utah have pushed a bill that will exempt blockchain firms from the application of the money transmitters act.

According to the actany entity issuing payment instruments to be sold or put up for sale are required to obtain a money transmitter license. The definition of a payment instrument includes a check, money order, traveler’s check, draft, or other instruments, but now this doesn’t include cryptocurrencies.

Republican senator Daniel Hemmert filed the bill no. 213 in Senate last week and proposed that any entity who “facilitates the creation, exchange, or sale” of cryptocurrency or any other blockchain products must be exempted from the state’s Money Transmitter Act.

The bill will also create a legislative group, the Blockchain Pilot Project Evaluation Task Force, that will research the potential of the technology in government services. This 12-member strong task force will work on a pilot project employing the blockchain technology in Utah at a state or municipal level and discuss the commercial applications of blockchain for “future economic development in Utah”.

The task force will also be required to prepare a report, that includes any proposed legislation, to the Business and Labor Interim Committee and the Legislative Management Committee, up to 30 November.

More US states have been moving in a similar direction, with Pennsylvania ratifying the same liberty for crypto transactions in January. However, there is also some opposition for the proposition, such as North Carolina state taking an opposite stance in 2016 and passing an update to the state’s Money Transmitters Act that required the cryptocurrencies transactors to obtain a money transmitter license.


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