Most traditional banks are not currently offering cryptocurrency services. Instead, investors and traders are using exchanges and similar platforms. However, the state of Nebraska wants to change that by allowing banks to offer cryptocurrency solutions to their customers.
Nebraska proposes bills to allow banks to offer crypto services
US lawmakers in the state of Nebraska are moving forward with a bill that would allow state banks to offer crypto services to their clients. The bill has gained massive support and the legislature intends to move forward with it.
The bill got through the first of three required votes in the state legislature. This shows that the senators are so far in support of the move. Dubbed the Legislature Bill 649, the proposed measure received the support from 39 lawmakers. The senators voted to advance the bill for registration and initial review on Sunday. The bill was introduced by Republican Mike Flood earlier this year. It is designed to adopt the Nebraska Financial Innovation Act.
It seeks to create digital asset depository institutions and provide them charter, operation, supervision and regulation services. If approved, the bill will make Nebraska the second state in the US to set up a formal charter for cryptocurrency-powered banks. The first state to do so was Wyoming.
Flood, in his comment, said, “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity not only for my district but the state of Nebraska.” He added that he sponsored the bill after speaking with an entrepreneur friend who ventured into the cryptocurrency industry in Wyoming. Flood believes Nebraska can be one of the early adopters of cryptocurrencies if the bill is approved. In addition, the state would benefit from the technology and finance jobs the move would bring.
Traditional financial institutions are starting to enter the crypto space
One of the key highlights of the current bull cycle is the entry of institutional investors and traditional banks. In recent months, leading investment banks such as Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs have started offering their clients access to cryptocurrencies. Other banks like Citigroup, JPMorgan and UBS have shown interest in rolling out similar services to their wealthy clients.