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Utah Governor approves of blockchain and digital innovation task force

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Some of the first duties assigned to the duty drive contain making coverage suggestions associated to blockchain and associated applied sciences.

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Utah Governor approves of blockchain and digital innovation task force

After almost a three-year-long dialogue about establishing a process drive to oversee blockchain and crypto initiatives, the governor of Utah, Spencer Cox, signed a invoice to create the Blockchain and Digital Innovation Task Force.

The Utah State Legislature first noticed the introduction of the home invoice (H.B. 335) in early February 2022, which took almost two months to move by way of a number of senates, home and financial actions earlier than lastly being signed by Governor Cox on March 24.

Some of the first duties assigned to the duty drive contain making coverage suggestions associated to blockchain and associated applied sciences. Part of the invoice reads:

“[The task force shall] develop and introduce recommendations regarding policy pertaining to the promotion in the state of the adoption of blockchain, financial technology, and digital innovation.”

According to the invoice, the duty drive in Utah will encompass as much as 20 members with numerous experience in blockchain expertise, cryptocurrency and monetary applied sciences. Out of the lot, as much as 5 members might be appointed by the president of the Senate, as much as 5 members by the speaker of the House of Representatives and as much as 5 members by the governor, amongst others.

In addition, the invoice additionally requires the Utah Division of Finance to offer employees help to the duty drive. The coverage suggestions additionally entail the event of non-financial incentives for industries within the state associated to blockchain, monetary expertise and digital innovation.

Upon institution, the duty drive is required to report yearly on or earlier than November 30 to 2 committees of the Utah State Senate — the Business and Labor Interim Committee and the Legislative Management Committee.

Related: SEC doubles down on crypto regulation by increasing unit

As state and federal regulators discover the least disruptive scope of crypto adoption, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) introduced plans to double the variety of personnel accountable for safeguarding traders in cryptocurrency markets.

As Cointelegraph reported, the SEC’s Cyber Unit, which incorporates the Crypto Assets and Cyber group, will rent 20 new folks for 50 devoted positions together with investigative employees attorneys, trial attorneys and fraud analysts.

SEC Chairperson Gary Gensler welcomed the transfer whereas highlighting the success of the Cyber Unit in bringing down fraudulent actions within the crypto area, stating:

“By nearly doubling the size of this key unit, the SEC will be better equipped to police wrongdoing in the crypto markets while continuing to identify disclosure and controls issues with respect to cybersecurity.”

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