Out of all the states in the Union, New Hampshire has long been known as the Northern rebel to the Federalization of the country that came following the end of the Civil War. And with a state of motto of 'Live free or die', pockets of capitalists and anarcho-capitalists have flourished in New Hampshire as the state's laissez-faire mindset has allowed for more economic freedom than most.
So perhaps it is not surprising that the locale that was one of the original 'primordial soups' around the world for Bitcoin expansion is now pushing through legislation that would completely de-regulate the crypto-currency, and in essence promote its use in banking, commerce, and peer-to-peer financial transactions.
HB 436 was introduced, drafted and proposed by Keith Ammon, Barbara Biggie and John Hunt, who are early adopters and supporters of Bitcoin. In fact, Keith Ammon introduced many people to Bitcoin as early as May 2011, when Bitcoin wasn’t legal.
Hunt played an important role in getting the bill passed by the House of Representatives, as he brought the bill out of committee, defended it with Ammon and ultimately convinced the House to pass the bill. Ammon is particularly dedicated to passing the bill in the state of New Hampshire due to his involvement with the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance, a nonpartisan coalition formed to increase individual freedom.
One of the main arguments presented by Hunt and Ammon when defending the bill was that if the US government doesn’t consider Bitcoin as legal tender, it shouldn’t fall under the regulatory guidance designed for money transmission services or products. The bill read:
“‘Virtual currency’” means a digital representation of value that can be digitally traded and functions as a medium of exchange, a unit of account, or a store of value but does not have legal tender status as recognized by the United States government.”
If the bill is passed by the Senate within 60 days, or two months, New Hampshire residents will be able to utilize Bitcoin without being subjected to tight money transmission regulations or policies. While it is still unclear if this would allow businesses to refrain from collecting user identity and data for KYC regulations and AML purposes, it will grant users in New Hampshire financial freedom and privacy. - Coin Telegraph