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California Governor Vetoes Crypto Bill, Citing its Rigid Nature

California’s crypto bill, officially known as Assembly Bill 2269, aimed at enforcing crypto licensing and regulatory framework in the state, was vetoed by Gov. Newsom.

The proposed bill faced no objection from the opposition in the assembly.

Gov. Newsom believes that the bill is too rigid and is unlikely to safeguard consumers due to the fast-moving nature of the crypto industry.

In a major setback to the crypto industry, California Governor vetoed Assembly Bill 2269, popularly referred to as the crypto bill in the state.

The bill’s intended purpose was to grant operational licenses to crypto firms currently operating in California and make it mandatory for any company planning to offer crypto products & services in the state.

Surprisingly, the bill moved to the Governor for approval after facing no opposition in the assembly. That said, Gov. Newsom does have his reasons behind his decision to veto the bill.

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The Reason Behind the Veto

Governor Newsom believes that the proposed bill fails to incorporate the fast-moving nature of the crypto ecosystem and its underlying technology. Instead, the bill adopts a rigid licensing and regulatory framework, which fails to take consumer safety into account.

He notes, “It is premature to lock a licensing structure in statute without considering both this work (in-house efforts to create a transparent regulatory environment) and forthcoming federal actions.”

Another reason Gov. Newsom gives is the costly nature of greenlighting such a bill, highlighting that this may cost a whopping “Tens of Millions of Dollars” in the first few years. As such, the expense must be accounted for in the annual budget.

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Is Governor Newsom Anti-crypto?

Despite vetoing the bill, Gov. Newsom is not against the crypto industry. In fact, he concluded his statement, noting, “I am committed to working collaboratively with the Legislature to achieve the appropriate regulatory clarity once federal regulations come into sharper focus for digital financial assets while ensuring California remains a competitive place for companies to invest and innovate.”

If we turn the clock backward, we will see many positive comments from Gov. Newsom on cryptocurrencies. For instance, he had tweeted in favor of making Bitcoin a regular thing in political donations.

California, under Gov. Newsom, also became the first state in the US to work on a comprehensive framework to stay at the forefront of Web3 tech & innovation. Such instances show that Gov. Newsom believes in the potential of digital assets and wants California to be a leader in virtual asset technology and innovation.

Hence, once the federal government comes out with concrete plans on crypto regulations with a clearer stance on the legality of digital assets, Gov. Newsom will take a decisive step on the state’s crypto bill. At the same time, the bill will have to meet Gov. Newsom’s expectations by incorporating the changes & sync with the fast-moving nature of the crypto assets and their underlying technology. So, all eyes will be on the federal government’s next move when it comes to crypto regulations, as it will influence Gov. Newsom’s decision to give the go-ahead to the state’s crypto bill.


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