Blockchain, cryptocurrencies and sandbox legislation focus of Monday’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing

HARRISBURG, July 16 -- As blockchain and cryptocurrency become part of the mainstream conversation, Pennsylvania must prepare its digital future and state Rep. Napoleon Nelson is hosting a House Democratic Policy Committee discussion with industry experts to discover how the state can do so.

The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 19 in the House Democratic Caucus Room, 4th Floor, Main Capitol Building.

Nelson, D-Montgomery, who recently introduced the bipartisan House Emerging Technologies Caucus, said he is eager to begin this conversation and have his colleagues at the table to discuss the nuances of cryptocurrencies. He also intends to introduce sandbox legislation aimed at testing how to responsibly adopt such new and innovative technologies and to implement regulations.

Testifiers will include some of Pennsylvania's blockchain industry leaders, including: 

  • Andrew Bull, founder, Bull Blockchain Law. 
  • Gerard Dache, executive director, Government Blockchain Association – Global.
  • Tonya Evans, founder | Advantage Evans Academy, and professor, Penn State Dickinson School of Law.
  • Brian Knight, director of innovation and governance/ senior research fellow | Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
  • Scott Nissenbaum, president & CEO | Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern PA.
  • Kevin Werbach, professor, legal studies & business ethics| University of Pennsylvania.
  • Miller Whitehouse-Levine, director of policy | Blockchain Association.

The media and public are invited to tune in at or on the committee's Facebook page -- @PADemPolicy.  

CONTACT: Nicole Brunner

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