Several states have established bodies to study blockchain technology in the past several years. They range from departmental groups with report deadlines to policy groups meant to bring forward bill ideas.
On Aug. 8, New Jersey became the latest state to pass a bill creating a task force to study the distributed ledger technology known as blockchain.
It’s one of several in the past few years that have taken similar actions. By our count, New Jersey makes the eighth state to create a blockchain task force or working group since 2016. Here are the details:
After Assembly Bill 2658 created a blockchain working group last year, the Government Operations Agency appointed the group’s members.
The state’s 2018 bill requires the Department of Economic and Community Development to form a blockchain working group.
The Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 1024 in May, and the governor signed it into law a few days later.
Illinois was an early blockchain researcher, forming a task force in 2016. That task force submitted its report on the technology at the beginning of 2018.
In August, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed S. 2297 into law, creating a task force “to study whether state, county and municipal governments can benefit from a transition to a blockchain-based system for recordkeeping and service delivery.”
At the end of last year, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill establishing a task force that will submit a report on cryptocurrencies and blockchain by the end of 2020.
In July, North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest convened a blockchain working group to examine possible applications of the technology in state government.
Wyoming legislators slipped a provision into the state’s 2018 appropriations bill that established a blockchain task force focused on developing policy recommendations for the statehouse to consider.
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