California Gov. Newsom vetoes crypto licensing and regulatory framework

Adding to the existing regulatory hurdles for the crypto ecosystems, California Governor Gavin Newsom refused to sign a bill that would establish a licensing and regulatory framework for digital assets.

Assembly Bill 2269 sought to allow the issuance of operational licenses for crypto companies in California. On Sept. 1, the California State Assembly passed the bill with no opposition from the assembly floor and went on to the governor’s office for approval.

Letter of rejection from Gov. Mewsom. Source:

Opposing the notion, Newsom recommended a “more flexible approach” that would evolve over time while considering the safety of consumers and related costs, adding:

“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.”

The governor stated that the bill, in its current form, would require loaning “tens of millions of dollars” from the state’s general fund:

“Such a significant commitment of general fund resources should be considered and accounted for in the annual budget process.”

Newsom highlighted that he is waiting for federal regulations to “come into sharper focus for digital financial assets” before working with the legislature to establish crypto licensing initiatives.

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