New Jersey bill to recognize crypto sold to institutional investors as securities

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  • A New Jersey bill wants to label all cryptocurrencies sold to institutional investors as securities.
  • Federal uncertainty and SEC’s crypto identifications.

In a recent legislative development within the U.S. state of New Jersey, Representative Herbert Conway introduced Assembly Bill 5747 on November 30. The primary objective of the New Jersey bill is to categorize all cryptocurrencies issued and directly sold to institutional investors as securities. This legislative move stands in contrast to the stance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which has previously declared that Bitcoin is not considered a security.

New Jersey proposes new cryptocurrency regulation

SEC Chairman Gary Gensler holds the view that all other crypto tokens should be treated as securities. According to the text of the proposed bill, it seeks to classify virtual currencies issued and sold to institutional investors specifically as securities. If the bill is approved, these virtual currencies would fall under the regulatory purview of the state’s “Uniform Securities Law” and any regulations stipulated by the Bureau of Securities in the Division of Consumer Affairs.

The legislative process involves the New Jersey bill being referred to the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee. This committee will be responsible for reviewing the bill, conducting hearings to gather public input, and, if approved, forwarding it to the full Assembly for a vote. At the federal level, the regulatory landscape for cryptocurrencies remains uncertain, with a lack of clear guidance on which tokens should be considered securities.

Federal uncertainty and SEC’s crypto identifications

While SEC Chairman Gary Gensler has consistently asserted that most crypto tokens, excluding Bitcoin, fit the definition of securities, he has refrained from providing explicit commentary on Ether and other specific digital assets. A recent legal development in the SEC v. Ripple case added a layer of complexity to the regulatory discourse. The court ruled that XRP, as a standalone asset, should not be classified as a security. Ripple’s chief legal officer, Stuart Alderoty emphasized that according to the law, XRP is not identified as a security.

The only thing the court found constitutes an investment contract is past direct XRP sales to institutional clients. The SEC’s legal actions against various crypto firms, including Kraken, Coinbase, and Binance, have identified numerous crypto tokens as securities. This list includes ADA, ALGO, ATOM, BNB, BUSD, CHZ, COTI, FIL, FLOW, ICP, MATIC, NEAR, OMG, SAND, SOL, and some others. The evolving regulatory landscape poses challenges for the cryptocurrency industry.

States like New Jersey are exploring unique approaches, adding layers of complexity to an already intricate regulatory environment. As discussions and legal proceedings unfold, the outcomes could significantly impact how cryptocurrencies are classified and regulated at both the state and federal levels. Investors, institutions, and businesses operating in the crypto space are closely monitoring these developments, seeking clarity to navigate the complex regulatory terrain surrounding digital assets.

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