Leaders of the Congressional Blockchain Caucus have reintroduced a bill that would give legal status to blockchain-secured records and smart contracts.

  • Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Darren Soto (D-Fla.) submitted the Blockchain Records and Transaction Act of 2020 on the House floor Wednesday, a measure similar to one introduced in 2018 but which never came up for a vote.
  • The current bill would prohibit individuals from denying an electronic record legal effect "solely because it is created, stored or secured on or through a blockchain."
  • Further, the bill would enshrine blockchain and smart contracts in the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act of 2000, the cornerstone federal law protecting electronics signatures more broadly.
  • The authors said in a statement this would legitimize blockchain records as a legal instrument in interstate and foreign commerce.
  • Several states have already implemented similar provisions, most recently Illinois.

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