Wyoming State Lawmakers Introduce Blockchain Bill Seeking Certificate Tokens Issuance

Wyoming lawmakers have presented a bill that would enable corporations to issue certificate cryptocurrencies instead of stock certificates using distributed ledger technology (DLT).

On Wednesday, Senator Chris Rothfuss, Republican Jared Olsen, and six other Republican lawmakers filed House Bill 0185, dubbed “Corporate Stock-Certificate tokens.”   

The bill suggests an amendment to pass the issuance of tokenized stock-certificates in place of paper-based certificates.   

“The articles of incorporation or bylaws of a corporation (corp) may stipulate that all or a portion of the shares of the corp may be represented by share certificates in the form of certificate tokens,” the document notes.   

Parliament at Work   

If the bill is approved, it would allow share certificates to be “kept in an electronic data format that comprises the information… entered into a DLT or other secure, auditable database.” The data could be “transferred electronically to the issuing corp, the individual to whom the certificate crypto was issued & any transferee.”   

During issuance, these tokenized certificates would be endowed with authority through network signatures, a “string of alphanumeric characters” or special identifiers, of “two senior officers assigned in the bylaws or by the board of directors of the corp.”   

If the bill is legally signed into law, it would come into effect on Monday, July 1, 2019, according to the document.   

On Tuesday, the Wyoming House Committee on Minerals, Business & Economic Development without dissent sanctioned the “Financial Technology Sandbox” bill.   

The vote on the “ special-purpose depository bank bill,” is believed to take place on Friday, January 18, 2019. Additionally, House Bill 70 was presented last week which wants to permit “the secretary of state to create and launch a DLT commercial filing system.”   

Wyoming & DLT   

Wyoming – a state in the western United States; mountainous in the west and north with the Great Plains in the east, is taking very big steps to form use cases for DLT and the lobbying for the credence of the nascent technology is massive. Recently, Wyoming issued a bill which would offer a regulatory sandbox for DLT startups in the state.   

In addition, a set of legislation which let off utility tokens from the securities law was successfully passed in 2018 and that was the exact year that the U.S SEC was so much interested about tokens being securities.   

Also, last month, Teton County in Wyoming, signed a MoU with Medici Land Governance to employ DLT in land registries within the county.   

It is very early to determine whether Wyoming’s gradual advancing posture on the DLT may assist it to develop the next Silicon Valley.

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