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Vetoes Bill: South Dakota Governor Stands Up for Cryptocurrencies

Key Takeaways
  • The Governor of South Dakota has vetoed a bill that would have restricted the use of cryptocurrencies in the state
  • The bill would have required cryptocurrency businesses to obtain a license and hold a reserve of cash or bonds equal to the value of their digital assets
  • The Governor's veto means that cryptocurrency businesses in South Dakota can continue to operate without these additional regulations
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South Dakota Governor Exercises Veto Power in Support of Cryptocurrencies

Governments around the world have been grappling with the issue of regulating digital assets in the wake of the recent surge in the popularity of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. While some governments have sought to embrace these new technologies, others have taken a more cautious approach, seeking to limit their use and impact on the traditional financial system.

In South Dakota, the debate over the regulation of cryptocurrencies has taken centre stage in recent weeks, with the passage of House Bill 1193. This bill sought to exclude Bitcoin and other digital assets from the definition of money in the state, a move that would have made it more difficult for businesses and individuals to use these new technologies for everyday transactions.

However, in a significant victory for the cryptocurrency industry, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has officially vetoed the bill. In a letter to members of the House, Governor Noem expressed her concerns about the potential impact of the bill, stating that it would have needlessly limited the freedom of South Dakota citizens and put them at a business disadvantage.

Governor Noem also noted that the bill's definition of money could have opened the door for the federal government to more easily adopt a central bank digital currency (CBDC), which could become the only viable currency in the future. As such, the governor argued that it would be imprudent to create regulations governing something that does not yet exist.

The decision to veto House Bill 1193 is a significant win for the cryptocurrency industry, which has faced increasing regulatory scrutiny in recent months. By recognizing the potential of these new technologies and the benefits they can bring to businesses and consumers alike, Governor Noem has shown that South Dakota is open to innovation and willing to embrace the future.

As we move further into 2023, it is likely that we will see more debates and discussions around the regulation of cryptocurrencies and other digital assets. However, with leaders like Governor Noem leading the charge, there is hope that these new technologies will be allowed to thrive and contribute to the growth and development of our economy in the years to come.

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