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S08136 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
            Cal. No. 589
                    IN SENATE
                                     January 9, 2024
        Introduced  by  Sen. SANDERS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Banks -- reported  favora-
          bly  from  said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered
          to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place
          in the order of third reading

        AN ACT in relation to establishing the New York state cryptocurrency and
          blockchain study task force; and providing  for  the  repeal  of  such
          provisions upon expiration thereof
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as
     2  the "New York state cryptocurrency and blockchain study act".
     3    § 2. There is hereby established the New York state cryptocurrency and
     4  blockchain  study  task  force  (hereinafter  referred  to  as "the task
     5  force") to provide the governor and the legislature with information  on
     6  the effects of the widespread use of cryptocurrencies and other forms of
     7  digital currencies and their ancillary systems, including but not limit-
     8  ed to blockchain technology, in the state.
     9    § 3. 1. The task force shall consist of seventeen members as follows:
    10    a.  seven  members  appointed by the governor, which shall include the
    11  following five members:
    12    i. the superintendent of the department of financial services, or such
    13  superintendent's designee;
    14    ii. the commissioner of the department of environmental  conservation,
    15  or such commissioner's designee;
    16    iii. a representative from the financial services industry;
    17    iv.  a  representative from a state or national organization promoting
    18  environmental conservation; and
    19    v. a representative who is a faculty member of an  accredited  college
    20  or university in New York state with experience in economic studies.
    21    b.  the  comptroller  of  the  state of New York, or the comptroller's
    22  designee;
    23    c. four members appointed by the temporary president of the senate;
    24    d. four members appointed by the speaker of the assembly; and
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    e. the attorney general of the state of  New  York,  or  the  attorney
     2  general's designee.
     3    2.  To  the  extent  practicable,  members appointed to the task force
     4  shall have relevant experience  and  knowledge  concerning  the  digital
     5  currency, cryptocurrency and blockchain industries.
     6    3.  The  members  of  the task force shall receive no compensation for
     7  their services, but shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses
     8  incurred in the performance of their duties pursuant to this act.
     9    4. Any vacancies in the membership of the task force shall  be  filled
    10  in the same manner provided for in the initial appointment.
    11    5.  The task force may consult with any organization, government enti-
    12  ty, or person, in the development of its report required  under  section
    13  four of this act.
    14    6.  The  members  of  the  task force shall be appointed no later than
    15  ninety days after the effective date of this act.
    16    § 4. On or before December 15, 2026, the task force  shall  submit  to
    17  the  governor,  the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of
    18  the assembly a report containing, but  not  limited  to,  the  following
    19  information based on available data:
    20    a.  a  review  of  the digital currency, cryptocurrency and blockchain
    21  industries in New York state;
    22    b. the number of digital currencies currently being traded  and  their
    23  approximate percentage of market share;
    24    c. the number of exchanges operating in New York state and their aver-
    25  age monthly trade volume;
    26    d.  the  use  of  digital  currencies'  impact  on state and local tax
    27  receipts;
    28    e. the types of  investment  entities  that  are  large  investors  in
    29  digital currency;
    30    f.  the  energy  consumption  necessary for coin mining operations and
    31  other policy considerations related thereto;
    32    g. the environmental impact of coin mining operations;
    33    h. the transparency  of  the  digital  currency  marketplace  and  the
    34  related potential of market manipulation and other illegal activities;
    35    i.  a review of laws and regulations on digital currency used by other
    36  states, the federal government, foreign countries, and foreign political
    37  and economic unions to regulate the marketplace; and
    38    j. legislative and regulatory recommendations,  if  any,  to  increase
    39  transparency  and security, enhance consumer protections, and to address
    40  the long-term impact related to the use of cryptocurrency.
    41    § 5. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire  December
    42  15,  2026 when upon such date the provisions of this act shall be deemed
    43  repealed.
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