Nevada is the latest state to clarify blockchain’s legal status under state law. The law, Senate Bill 398, was signed by the governor June 5, and prohibits local governments from imposing taxes or fees on the use of a blockchain; requiring a certificate, license, or permit to use a blockchain; or imposing any other requirement relating to the use of blockchain. Additionally, the Nevada law states that “if a law requires a record to be in writing, submission of a blockchain which electronically contains the record satisfies the law.” To close a perceived gap in federal enforcement, states are using their authorities to provide consumer protection within their states.

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