California Governor Gavin Newsom declined to sign a bill to establish a licensing and regulatory framework to digital assets, adding to existing regulatory obstacles.
Assembly Bill 2269 was designed to permit the issuance operational licenses in California for crypto companies. The bill was passed by the California State Assembly on September 1, with no opposition. It then went to the governor’s desk for approval.
Gov. Mewsom. Source: leginfo.legislature.ca.gov
Newsom opposed the idea and recommended a “more flexible approach”, which would allow for changes over time, while still considering safety and costs.
“It’s premature to lock in a licensing structure by statute without considering both this work (inhouse efforts to create transparent regulatory environments) and future federal actions.”
According to the governor, the bill in its current form would require a loan of “tens of million of dollars” from the state’s general fund.
“Another significant commitment to general fund resources should also be taken into account and accounted for during the annual budget process.”
Newsom stated that he is waiting for federal regulations to be “more focused for digital financial assets”, before collaborating with the Legislature to create crypto licensing initiatives.
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