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House stablecoin regulation draft focuses on state regulators, issuers

A growing number of voices have warned about the impact that a “run” on stablecoins could have on traditional financial markets.

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WASHINGTON — Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee on Monday released a new draft of legislation to regulate stablecoin issuers, part of an effort to restart negotiations with Democrats that stalled last fall on an issue that all sides agree is ripe for regulation.

The new draft bill is half the length of a previous draft, released last fall, and is closely tailored to focus on rules governing the registration process for individual prospective stablecoin issuers.

Stablecoins are a type of cryptocurrency issued by private entities and designed to maintain a stable value pegged to a traditional asset, like the U.S. dollar or a short-term Treasury bill. They are not used in brick-and-mortar commerce or typically accepted as payment for goods, but have become very popular on crypto platforms.

The bill contains many of the features of the September version, such as the requirement that payment stablecoin issuers be approved and regulated by either a “federal payment stablecoin regulator” or “a registered State qualified payment stablecoin issuer.”

It also clarifies and updates U.S. law to confirm that stablecoins are not securities, and by extension, should not be regulated by the SEC.

But it also envisions a larger role in the market for state regulators, despite the fact that the vast majority of states do not have a stablecoin regulatory framework in place yet.

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The latest version was crafted by committee Republicans, and described by GOP aides as a “starting point” for conversations about stablecoin regulation with House Democrats, the Senate and the White House in the coming months.

The digital assets market overall is believed to be worth more than $180 billion, and operates with no specific legislative framework.

This has led to what lawmakers describe as a turf war between regulators, with the Commodities Futures Trading Commission seeking to regulate stablecoins as commodities, and the Securities and Exchange Commission seeking to regulate them like securities.

Read the new version of the bill here:



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