U.S. congressional representatives introduced a bipartisan bill on July 15 with the goal of providing a clear definition of assets, such as digital tokens and other emerging technologies, under current securities law.
Known as the Security Clarity Act, the bill was introduced by Rep Tom Emmer (R-MN), Rep Darren Soto (D-FL), and Rep Ro Khanna (D-CA). This legislation seeks to change the definition of a term that has been used for more than 75 years. The status of any asset sold as an “investment contract” would become an “investment contract asset.”
According to the release, this bill would provide a solution for those who have complied with current securities registration requirements or qualified for an exemption. After meeting these requirements, entrepreneurs would be able to distribute their assets without the fear of any additional regulatory burdens.
“There has been an unreasonable approach by regulators as to how federal securities laws should be applied to transactions involving the sale of blockchain-based tokens, and this lack of clarity is hurting American innovation. Between regulation by enforcement and the varying legal decisions regarding the classification of these assets, regulatory uncertainty has hindered the growth of blockchain technology, leaving many to take the technology overseas,”
The Securities Clarity Act is meant to be a technology-neutral bill, according to the representative. It would apply equally to all assets, tangible or digital, and states an investment contract asset, like a digital token, is separate and distinct from the offering it may have been a part of.
Congressman Soto explained:
“As Congress works to protect those who invest in this technology, the Securities Clarity Act will add critical definition and jurisdiction to create certainty for a strong digital asset market in the United States. This is an important first-step in promoting innovation and maximizing the potential of virtual currencies for the U.S. economy, all while protecting customers and the financial well-being of investors,"
Emmer has stated his concern about regulation interfering with Americans benefiting from cryptocurrency before. At a hearing held in June by the US House committee on financial services, Emmer said:
“Over the last few years I’ve been fortunate to meet with many great crypto and blockchain innovators. A common refrain during our discussion is that they so badly want to develop their crypto and blockchain ideas right here in the United States. But they don’t because of continuing uncertainty with crypto regulation.”
The introduction of this bill comes one day after the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell spoke to the House of Representatives about the need for stricter regulation for stable coins.