Crypto-Friendly Wyoming Becomes First US State to Give Bitcoin, XRP, Ethereum, Litecoin, EOS and Altcoin Owners Complete Property Rights
The Wyomng Senate passed SF125 on Thursday. The “Digital Assets” bill will now become law, granting cryptocurrency holders property rights for direct ownership of digital assets. Wyoming is the first state in the US to pass a clear regulatory framework for Bitcoin, XRP, Ethereum, Litecoin, EOS and other altcoins, setting the stage for cryptocurrency investors, entrepreneurs and crypto-related businesses to flourish in the state.
The bill allows people to hold cryptocurrency without the need for an intermediary to own digital assets, and clears the way for banks to offer custodial services for cryptocurrencies.
According to the act, digital assets are considered intangible personal property.
“AN ACT relating to property; classifying digital assets within existing laws; specifying that digital assets are property within the Uniform Commercial Code; authorizing security interests in digital assets; establishing an opt-in framework for banks to provide custodial services for digital asset property as directed custodians; specifying standards and procedures for custodial services under this act; clarifying the jurisdiction of Wyoming courts relating to digital assets; specifying applicability; authorizing the promulgation of rules; and providing for an effective date.”
Other forms of intangible personal property are partnership interests, life insurance contracts, securities investments and royalty agreements.
The bill is expected to come into effect on July 1. It also supports the advancement of tokenized securities.
1/ BOOM! #Wyoming just recognized clear, direct property rights for #digitalassets by passing SF125! This means #blockchain cos will prob want to apply WY law to your contracts, domicile here, &/or have a physical presence here. Thx again to the army of ppl who helped over months pic.twitter.com/I4E3GfPZbC
— Caitlin Long 🔑 (@CaitlinLong_) February 14, 2019
Caitlin Long, co-founder of the Wyoming Blockchain Coalition, expects the new legislation to attract blockchain companies and talent, making Wyoming a frontrunner in the space with a clear regulatory framework designed to foster innovation and spur adoption of Bitcoin, altcoins, blockchain-based businesses, trading platforms and crypto custodial services.