Wyoming Becomes First State To Give Bitcoin Owners Full Property Rights

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Wyoming Becomes First State To Give Bitcoin Owners Full Property Rights

Cryptocurrency advocates are celebrating Friday after the US state of Wyoming passed a bill giving direct property rights to cryptocurrency holders.


Wyoming Senate Passes Crypto Property Bill

Bill SF0125 passed its second and third Senate readings February 13 and 14 respectively, and will now go before governor Mark Gordon for endorsement, becoming law as early as next week.

The legislation allows Wyoming residents to own cryptocurrency tokens with complete legal protection, instead of only getting this through third-party storage.

Wyoming thus becomes the first US state to enact changes in the law empowering private ownership of cryptocurrency. As former Wall Street veteran and Wyoming Blockchain Coalition member Caitlin Long notes, the decision should enact a chain reaction of interest from consumers and businesses.

“This means (blockchain companies) will (probably) want to apply WY law to your contracts, domicile here, (and/or) have a physical presence here,” she concluded on Twitter following the Senate passing the Bill.

Bucking The Trend

In the US, state legislators have sole power over property rights, leading to a patchwork landscape across the country as different jurisdictions take markedly different stances on the area.

The combination of this variation plus the aggressive pursuing of securities laws violations by national regulators has made opening up shop in the US a daunting prospect for many cryptocurrency businesses.

Comparing Wyoming to New York, Long was already forecasting a shifting of preference among market participants.

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