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SEC Commissioner's first remarks on the Token Taxonomy Act - the bill that would remove SEC oversight from most tokens, soon to be introduced in Congress...

We've been closely following the Token Taxonomy Act, a bill that would free most cryptocurrency tokens from being labeled a "security" - which would also then remove the Securities And Exchange Commission's authority over them.  Read about that here.

In a speech given Friday at the University of Missouri School of Law, SEC commissioner Hester M. Peirce mentioned the bill for the first time - and to my surprise, she doesn't seem against it - even going as far as to cite several examples against classifying them as securities.

"Congress may resolve the ambiguities engendered by Howey by simply requiring that at least some digital assets be treated as a separate asset class. Congressmen Warren Davidson and Darren Soto recently introduced a bill in the House intended to amend the federal securities laws to do just that, provided that the token truly operated in a decentralized network.

Such an approach would facilitate more tailored disclosure. Indeed there are others who have argued that, whether ICOs can fit within the definition of a securities offering does not answer the question of whether that is how we should regulate them. In a forthcoming paper, Georgetown Law professor Chris Brummer and his co-authors argue that ICOs have certain features that make the regulatory framework applicable to IPOs inappropriate. For example, changes to the blockchain may have outsized effects on certain tokens that depend on it. An investor may need to understand, for example, how the blockchain can be changed, and how those changes would affect the relevant token before she could fully appreciate the risks of investing in that crypto asset."

If you listened to her speech you may not have immediately made the connection, that 'recently introducted bill' is the Token Taxonomy Act, this was made clear when the speech was published on the official SEC website with citations and mentioned by name in the footnotes.

Evaluating the nature of her statements ...

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