Texas Governor Signs Law Creating Legal Framework for Crypto Investments

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  • Governor Greg Abbott has signed law creating legal framework for crypto investments in Texas.

  • Lawmakers in Texas passed bill to governor's desk for final signature at the end of May.

  • There are more than 20 other U.S. states currently considering cryptocurrency legislation.

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Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, has announced plans to expand the state’s blockchain industry.

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In a tweet issued on June 5 on his personal account, Gov. Abbott opined that, “Blockchain is a booming industry that Texas needs to be involved in.

“I just signed a law for Texas to create a master plan for expanding the blockchain industry in Texas.”

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The governor, who took office in 2015, has long been a crypto supporter. He even welcomed “the bitcoin community” to his election campaign way back in 2014. And more recently, he voiced support for a cryptocurrency law in Texas, saying to “count him in” back in March.

Of cryptocurrencies, he said “It is increasingly being used for transactions and is beginning to go mainstream as an investment. Texas should lead on this like we did with a gold depository.”

Since then, lawmakers in Texas passed the bill to establish a legal framework for cryptocurrency investments in the state. On May 28, reports revealed the bill had since passed to Gov. Abbott’s desk for his final signature.

At the time, reports also indicated that Texas was one of 25 states in the U.S. considering cryptocurrency legislation. According to reports made in April, Francis Suarez, Mayor of Miami, pushed a bill that would lead to meaningful cryptocurrency regulation in Florida. He passed the bill after a unanimous vote in the Florida House of Representatives.

Wyoming previously passed a bill relating to to cryptocurrency all the way back in 2019. 

Chinese mining operations move to Texas

In light of the country’s recent crackdown on bitcoin mining operations, cryptocurrency miners from China started moving their operations overseas. Reports indicate that they started to eye North America – the U.S. especially – as a potential site. Beforehand, the States accounted for 11% of the bitcoin hash rate. Since China announced its crackdown, that figure has now increased.

Texas is one of the states reportedly favored, on account of its advantageous energy prices. In addition, a considerable percentage of Texas’ energy generation comes from renewable sources. More specifically, wind and solar power account for more than 25%. 

Reports show that several major mining companies, including Bitmain, Blockcap, Argo Blockchain, Great American Mining, Layer1, Compute North, Riot Blockchain, and Whinstone, have since set up operations in Texas.

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Dale Hurst is a journalist, presenter, and novelist. Before joining the Be In Crypto team, he was an editor and senior journalist at a news, lifestyle and human-interest magazine in the UK. Cryptocurrency was one of the first subjects he specialized in when first going freelance in 2018, reviewing exchanges and analysing lawsuits.

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