Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Proposes Creating a Cryptocurrency Payment System for State Fees

The American politician and attorney serving as the 46th governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, announced the state’s 2022-23 budget proposal last week and proposed an idea to let businesses pay state fees with crypto assets. The governor’s “Freedom First Budget” suggests creating a department in Florida to accept state fees in cryptocurrencies.

Florida Governor’s Freedom First Budget Includes Crypto

The Republican governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis seems to be keen on allowing businesses in Florida to pay for state fees in crypto assets. Florida is becoming well known for its politicians who are positive about the digital currency economy as Miami Mayor Francis Suarez has been very vocal about supporting bitcoin. Suarez gets a portion of his salary in BTC and recently announced he plans to take a fraction of his 401k retirement plan and convert it into bitcoin.

A report published by Fortune says DeSantis has explained in recent times that he wants the Florida state government to become “crypto-friendly.” “Florida encourages cryptocurrency as a means of commerce and furthering Florida’s attractiveness to businesses and economic growth,” DeSantis wrote in Florida’s 2022-23 budget proposal.

During His Speech in Tallahassee, DeSantis Discussed Leveraging Blockchain Pilots to Bolster State-Operated Departments

DeSantis also spoke about the budget proposal in a speech on Thursday in Tallahassee. “Our view as the state government is this is something that we welcome and we want to make sure that the state government is crypto-friendly,” the Florida governor remarked. In addition to Miami’s Mayor Francis Suarez, crypto businesses like Blockchain.com, Etoro, and FTX have locations in Florida and Miami.

During his speech in Tallahassee, DeSantis also discussed blockchain technology. The Florida governor explained that the state aims to launch pilot programs that tether distributed ledger technology to state-operated entities like Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, and Medicaid payments. While DeSantis has officially launched his bid for reelection as the state’s governor, there are rumors DeSantis may run for president of the United States in 2024.

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Regulator Claims South Africa Set to Unveil Cryptocurrency Regulatory Framework in Early 2022

In early 2022, South Africa will have a new regulatory framework that covers cryptocurrencies, a commissioner with a regulatory body has said.

Highly Risky Products

South Africa’s financial sector regulator, the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) is set to unveil a new regulatory framework that covers cryptocurrency in early 2022.

According to Unathi Kamlana, a commissioner with FSCA, the new framework will determine how the trading of crypto coins like bitcoin (BTC) should be conducted. In his remarks during an interview, Kamlana suggested his organization was not keen on legitimizing highly risky products. The commissioner said:

What we want to be able to do is to intervene when we think that what is provided to potential customers are products that they don’t understand that are potentially highly risky. We must be very careful to not just legitimize them.

The FSCA, which is reportedly drafting the crypto trading rules in conjunction with other regulatory bodies, will also examine how the currencies interact with traditional financial products and if these pose a threat to financial stability.

Cryptos Do Not Pose a Systemic Risk

Still, in his remarks, Kamlana asserts that cryptocurrencies do not pose a systemic risk to the stability of the financial services sector just yet. The commissioner however said the FSCA sees cryptos as assets and not currency.

Meanwhile, in keeping with the stance adopted by several countries, Kamlana urged South Africans to shun privately issued/created digital currencies which are not as stable and reliable as stablecoins issued by central banks.

“I think that if I were to give advice to retail investors, I would say wait to see what comes out of the process of the work of the central bank. The best outcome in terms of stable coins is what comes out of central bank innovation, given their reliability and stability,” said Kamlana.

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Prosecutor General’s Office Wants to See ‘Cryptocurrency’ in Russian Law

Prosecutor General’s Office Wants to See ‘Cryptocurrency’ in Russian Law

The Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation has insisted that the term “cryptocurrency” should be added to the country’s legislation. The move would allow authorities in Moscow to confiscate digital assets that have been involved in criminal activities.

Russian Prosecutor General’s Office Prepares Amendments Allowing Seizure of Cryptocurrency


With cryptocurrencies being only partially regulated through the law “On Digital Financial Assets,” work is underway in Russia to adopt legislation introducing comprehensive rules for the turnover of bitcoin and the like. The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office has joined these efforts as it wants the term “cryptocurrency” added to the legal texts.

“We have developed amendments to a number of regulatory legal acts so that cryptocurrencies in illegal circulation are not only recognized as а subject of a crime, but there’s also a legal possibility of their arrest and confiscation,” Russia’s Prosecutor General’s Igor Krasnov said in an interview with RIA Novosti news agency.

Russian lawmakers are mulling over other legislative changes to establish a proper legal framework for cryptocurrencies. A number of activities related to digital coins remain outside the scope of the current law, including taxation, mining, and payments, for example.

Calls have been mounting among officials in Moscow to recognize cryptocurrency mining as an entrepreneurial activity and tax it accordingly. At the same time, the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) remains opposed to the legalization of digital currencies as a means of payment. The regulator claims these represent “money surrogates” that are banned in Russia.

The monetary authority is currently developing a digital version of the national fiat, insisting that’s exactly what the Russians need. The digital ruble will provide а low cost and reliable payment solution that also protects personal data, the head of the CBR, Elvira Nabiullina, promised in November. Bank of Russia is planning to commence trials for the CBDC in January 2022.

Last month, the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office also proposed recognizing cryptocurrency and other virtual assets as property in the country’s Criminal Code. Igor Krasnov explained in the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, that the legal definition will be used in court proceedings.

Krasnov also revealed that his department has already drafted a bill that would regulate the matter and expressed hope that lawmakers would support it. Digital currencies such as bitcoin have been recognized as property under several other Russian acts like the laws on bankruptcy and enforcement proceedings, the anti-money laundering legislation, and the country’s anti-corruption law.

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Central Banks of France, Switzerland and BIS Complete Cross-Border CBDC Trial

Central Banks of France, Switzerland and BIS Complete Cross-Border CBDC Trial

Bank of France, the Swiss National Bank (SNB), and the Bank for International Settlements have successfully tested the application of wholesale central bank digital currency in cross-border payments. The project used distributed ledger technology and was realized with help from private firms.

France and Switzerland Explore Direct Transfer of Euro, Swiss Franc Wholesale Digital Currencies

An experiment carried out by the monetary authorities of France, Switzerland and the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has indicated that central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) can be used effectively for international settlements between financial institutions, the participants in the trial announced.

Project Jura, which has been completed recently, focused on settling foreign exchange transactions in euro and Swiss franc wholesale CBDCs as well as issuing, transferring, and redeeming a tokenized euro-denominated French commercial paper between French and Swiss financial institutions, the banks explained.

The trial involved the direct transfer of euro and Swiss franc wholesale CBDCs between commercial banks in France and Switzerland on a single distributed ledger platform operated by a third party and with real-value transactions. It was conducted in collaboration with the private companies Accenture, Credit Suisse, Natixis, R3, SIX Digital Exchange, and UBS.

According to the partners, issuing wholesale CBDCs by providing regulated non-resident financial institutions with direct access to central bank money raises certain policy issues. To address these, they took a new approach, employing subnetworks and dual-notary signing which is expected to give central banks confidence to issue wholesale CBDCs on third-party platforms. Benoît Cœuré, who heads the BIS Innovation Hub, commented:

Project Jura confirms that a well-designed wholesale CBDC can play a critical role as a safe and neutral settlement asset for international financial transactions. It also demonstrates how central banks and the private sector can work together across borders to foster innovation.

“Jura demonstrates how wholesale CBDCs can optimise cross-currency and cross-border settlements, which are a key facet of international transactions,” added Sylvie Goulard, deputy governor of Banque de France.

The wholesale CBDC experiment is part of a series of trials launched by Bank of France last year and a continuation of the testing carried out under SNB’s Project Helvetia. It also contributes to the ongoing work on cross-border payments at G20, the central banks remarked while also noting that it should not be viewed as a plan on their part to issue wholesale CBDCs.

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Bitwise CIO Says $100K Bitcoin a Difficult Prediction to Make, Calls Ethereum the ‘Asset of the Year’

Bitwise CIO Says $100K Bitcoin a Difficult Prediction to Make, Calls Ethereum the 'Asset of the Year'

While there’s been an awful lot of calls for bitcoin to reach six-digits in value in 2021, as the end of the year draws closer, it doesn’t seem like $100K per bitcoin will happen. Bitwise Asset Management’s chief investment officer Matt Hougan told the press on Monday that “$100,000 by the end of the year is a difficult prediction to make.”

$100K Bitcoin Prices May Be Unattainable in 2021 — Bitwise Exec Says Next Year ‘Investors Are Going to Be Looking at Ethereum’

For a good portion of the year, many bitcoin advocates, experts, luminaries, and analysts predicted that bitcoin (BTC) would surely hit the $100K per unit range in 2021. One of the most popular forecasts belongs to Plan B, the creator of the stock-to-flow (S2F) bitcoin price model. Plan B said based on the pseudonymous analyst’s “worst case scenario for 2021 (price/on-chain based)” would be “Aug>47K, Sep>43K, Oct>63K, Nov>98K, Dec>135K.”

However, November’s price call missed and the $135K prediction looks like it will miss as well. Bitcoin would have to double in value over the next 24 days gathering a touch over 96% during that time. Plan B is not the only one that has predicted BTC could hit six-digits in USD value by the year’s end. The financial institution Standard Chartered predicted at the beginning of September that bitcoin’s value could reach $100K by the end of the year.

Yahoo Finance contributor, Javier David, said on October 21, that “suddenly, a bitcoin move to $100K doesn’t seem so farfetched.” In fact there’s a great number of analysts that have said that at some point in the future, bitcoin prices will touch the six-digit zone or $100,000 or more per unit. Speaking with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang, Bitwise Asset Management’s CIO Matt Hougan explains that bitcoin hitting $100K will be difficult in 2021. Hougan further explained that ethereum (ETH) was the “asset of the year” in 2021.

“I think as we look into 2022, we still have these fundamental drivers, the institutions we speak to every day at Bitwise,” Hougan explained. “$100,000 by the end of the year is a difficult prediction to make — I think $100,000 could be in target in 2022 but this year, I’m not so sure,” Hougan remarked.

Hougan Predicts an ‘Explosion of Activity Built on Ethereum’

As far as the second-largest crypto asset by market capitalization, ethereum (ETH), Hougan thinks 2021 was the digital currency’s year. While noting to Bloomberg’s Chang that ethereum was the “asset of the year,” Hougan also stressed that there will be an “explosion of activity built on Ethereum” next year. But investors will be looking at other smart contract blockchain networks as well, the Bitwise CIO said. Hougan added:

Investors are going to be looking at Ethereum, Solana, or Polygon. Investors are starting to realize there’s more to crypto than just Bitcoin. If there’s one bigger story for next year, it’s going to be everything else: crypto as defi, NFTs, Web3, or metaverse.

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AOC Says She Doesn’t Hold Bitcoin so the Lawmaker ‘Can Do Her Job Ethically’

AOC Says She Doesn't Hold Bitcoin so the Lawmaker 'Can Do Her Job Ethically'

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, otherwise known as AOC, is a New York representative well known for her political stances and statements. The Democrat believes that it is “absolutely wild” that U.S. representatives can buy and swap popular stocks. AOC also thinks it’s not ethical for members of Congress to own cryptocurrencies.

AOC Doesn’t Hold Crypto Because She Wants to ‘Remain Impartial’

Lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) discussed owning bitcoin (BTC) in a recent Instagram story she told on Monday. AOC explained that she doesn’t believe members of Congress should own stocks and the same morality applies to digital currencies in her opinion. During her Instagram story, AOC said she doesn’t hold BTC because she wants to remain impartial and an unbiased lawmaker.

“Because we have access to sensitive information and upcoming policy, I do not believe members of Congress should hold [or] trade individual stocks and I choose not to hold any so I can remain impartial about policy marking,” AOC insisted on Instagram. “I also extend that to digital assets/currencies (especially because I sit on the Financial Services Committee). So the answer is no because I want to do my job as ethically and impartially as I can,” AOC further stressed in her Instagram story.

In 2017 AOC Said She Wasn’t Sure ‘About FEC Laws Regarding Crypto’

Close to four years ago in December 2017, AOC was asked if she accepted bitcoin after she tweeted about a fundraising campaign that year. “Not [until] Actblue does,” AOC said at the time. “Also I’m not sure about FEC laws regarding crypto. Good question,” she added. “Sadly reporting this info is law and must be collected, even with cash donations,” AOC continued on Twitter. “It’s unfortunate that our campaign finance laws demand more stringent reporting of regular small donors than they do from Superpacs.”

In recent times, AOC has started ferocious debates over her “Tax the Rich” Met Gala dress. She and her colleagues Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley attempted to get president Joe Biden to choose someone other than Jerome Powell to lead the Federal Reserve. Biden ultimately chose Powell, but AOC wanted the U.S. president to choose a Fed chair that would address social change and the so-called climate crisis.

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