Token Taxonomy Act makes comeback; proposes removal of cryptocurrencies from umbrella of securities

Cryptocurrencies being characterized as securities may soon fade away, courtesy of the reintroduction of the Token Taxonomy Act in the United States House of Representatives. Proponents of the decentralized currency realm have long contested decentralized currencies being labeled with the securities tag.

Proposed by Representative Warren Davidson (R), the Token Taxonomy Act will amend the infamous Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Act of 1934, thereby removing cryptocurrencies from under the umbrella of securities. The act was also attested by Darren Soto (D), Josh Gottheimer (D), Ted Budd (R), and Presidential candidate, Tulsi Gabbard (D), who is a known crypto-investor.

The importance of the act was spelled out by Davidson, who stated that sans the act, the United States would cede the digital economy to emerging markets of the east. He stated,

“Without it, the U.S. is surrendering its innovative origins and ownership of the digital economy to Europe and Asia. Passing this legislation, Congress would send a powerful message to innovators and investors around the world that the U.S. is the best destination for blockchain technology.”

In December 2018, during the close of the legislative season, the Token Taxonomy Act was first introduced. However, it didn’t make much headway then. The recent version will clarify the powers of regulatory bodies like the Commodity Futures Trading Commission [CFTC] and the Federal Trade Commission [FTC].

However, all is not bright. The Act also looks to supersede pre-existing state laws regarding the domestic cryptocurrency industry within its borders. In legal terms, the Token Taxonomy Act will add to the National Securities Markets Improvement Act, which will increase the federal government’s power over the decentralized currency field.

This will be an unprecedented withdrawal of state power in light of the center’s overreach, many legal and crypto-analysts commented. States would cede digital assets regulation to the Federal government, in what will be a blow to not just decentralized currency, but also decentralized governance.

Several analysts have pointed out the semantic confusion that will exist when legislation for a “digital token,” or a “virtual currency” will take place. This will lead to a legal vacuum, leading to the emergence of more problems.

On the bright side, the act will allow the token seller to undercut regulatory supervision, if they can justifiably prove that they weren’t selling securities.

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