A bill has been introduced in the U.S. state of New Jersey to classify all cryptocurrencies issued and sold directly to institutional investors as securities. In contrast, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has previously stated that bitcoin is not a security, but SEC Chairman Gary Gensler views all other crypto tokens as securities.
New Jersey Bill 5747
New Jersey Assembly Bill 5747, sponsored by Representative Herbert Conway, was introduced on Nov. 30 in the New Jersey State Assembly to classify all cryptocurrencies issued and sold to institutional investors as securities. According to the text of the bill:
This bill classifies all virtual currencies issued and sold to institutional investors as securities.
Under the proposed rules, virtual currencies issued and sold directly to institutional investors will be subject to the state’s “Uniform Securities Law” and any regulations promulgated by the Bureau of Securities in the Division of Consumer Affairs to effectuate the purposes of the bill.
The bill has been referred to the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, which will review the bill and conduct hearings for public input. If the committee approves the bill, it will then be sent to the full Assembly for a vote.
The regulatory status of cryptocurrencies remains uncertain at the federal level, with no clear guidance on which tokens are considered securities. While SEC Chairman Gary Gensler has repeatedly stated that most crypto tokens, excluding bitcoin (BTC), fall under the definition of securities, he has refrained from explicitly commenting on ether (ETH). However, a recent court ruling in the SEC v. Ripple case determined that XRP, as a standalone asset, is not a security. Ripple’s chief legal officer, Stuart Alderoty, explained: “As a matter of law — XRP is not a security … The only thing the court found constitutes an investment contract is past direct XRP sales to institutional clients.”
The SEC has identified a number of crypto tokens as securities in lawsuits against various crypto firms, including Kraken, Coinbase, Binance, and Bittrex. These tokens include ADA, AXS, ALGO, ATOM, BNB, BUSD, CHZ, COTI, DASH, FIL, FLOW, ICP, MANA, MATIC, NEAR, NEXO, OMG, SAND, SOL, TKN, and VGX.
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