Several states have established bodies to study blockchain technology in the past several years. They range from departmental groups with report deadlines to policy groups meant to bring forward bill ideas.
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On Aug. 8, New Jersey became the latest state to pass a bill creating a task force to study the distributed ledger technology known as blockchain.
It's one of several in the past few years that have taken similar actions. By our count, New Jersey makes the eighth state to create a blockchain task force or working group since 2016. Here are the details:
After Assembly Bill 2658 created a blockchain working group last year, the Government Operations Agency appointed the group's members.
The state's 2018 bill requires the Department of Economic and Community Development to form a blockchain working group.
In August, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed S. 2297 into law, creating a task force "to study whether state, county and municipal governments can benefit from a transition to a blockchain-based system for recordkeeping and service delivery."
At the end of last year, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill establishing a task force that will submit a report on cryptocurrencies and blockchain by the end of 2020.
In July, North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest convened a blockchain working group to examine possible applications of the technology in state government.
The state legislature passed House Concurrent Resolution 3004 in 2019, which directed Legislative Management to study how blockchain could be used in state government and submit its findings next legislative session.
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