Crypto Regulation Task Force to Be Established in Hawaii

Key Points

  • Two Hawaii Senate committees have voted in favor of the creation of a crypto task force.
  • The task force will “create a master plan to explore the use and regulation of blockchain and cryptocurrency.”
  • The task force will be required to submit its findings to the Hawaii Senate in 2024.

Two committees operating within the Hawaii Senate, the Commerce and Consumer Protection (CPN) and Ways and Means (WAM) committees, have voted in support of the establishment of a Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Task Force.

Hawaii Senate WAM committee votes in favor of crypto task force.

Hawaii Senate CPN Committee votes in favor of crypto task force.

In a letter made public this Tuesday that was sent to the President of Hawaii’s Senate on March 3, the chairs of the CPN and WAM committees asked for the creation of the crypto task force, as initially proposed in bill SB2695.

Bill SB2695, which is referenced in the letter to the Hawaii Senate President and titled “A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO CRYPTOCURRENCY,” calls for the creation of a crypto task force within the Department of Budget and Finance.

Committee motivations

According to the CPN and WAM committee chairs’ letter to the President of the Hawaii Senate, the committees “find that, despite the emerging growth and popularity of digital currency, there is little regulation of the industry.”

Accordingly, the letter continues, “as there is vast potential for both the use and regulation of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency, it is in the interests of the State and its consumers to determine whether or how to regulate and provide oversight to the cryptocurrency industry.”

The letter explains that the aim of the task force will be “to create a master plan to explore the use and regulation of blockchain and cryptocurrency.”

Last month, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said that crypto regulations should support responsible innovation whilst also mitigating risks.

Her remarks came after US…

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