Florida Appoints new Crypto Chief Recognizing Crypto Growth
The number of crypto payments is increasing day by day throughout the US, keeping this in mind, Florida has decided to appoint its own crypto chief. His prime role will be to manage, regulate and provide oversight on cryptocurrencies.
All ICOs and cryptocurrency will have to register with the Office of Financial Regulation (OFR). They will be under the supervision of the new crypto chief. The new role will bring the OFR and the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) in order to make combined regulation and oversight.
Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis said :
“I have directed my office to create a position that will oversee how current securities and insurance laws apply to ICOs and cryptocurrencies as well as shape the future of these regulations in our state.”
He also pointed out that the new crypto chief will be looking very close in order to help protect citizens from scams by driving greater awareness of the industry. Not only that but the local regulators will also be able to provide a faster response time to fraudulent behavior. He was keen to point out that the move will not ‘deter innovation’. Jimmy Patronis said:
“We cannot allow the cryptocurrency industry to expand in Florida unfettered and unchecked with the potential for so many, including our large population of seniors, to be exploited. By taking an active, comprehensive and balanced approach, our state will provide an appropriate level of scrutiny for emerging digital asset technologies.”
On June 6, the SEC appointed a crypto chief to advise on issues surrounding blockchain technology. Valerie Szczepanik was named as the associate director of the Division of Corporation Finance and senior adviser for Digital Assets and Innovation. She will make sure that the SEC is clear over how securities law applies to digital currencies and will coordinate efforts across departments.
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