SD lawmakers fail to override Gov. Noem’s cryptocurrency regulation veto
South Dakota lawmakers have failed to override Governor Kristi Noem's veto of a bill that would have regulated cryptocurrency in the state. The bill, which was passed by the state legislature in March, aimed to provide clarity and legal certainty for businesses dealing with digital assets. Governor Noem vetoed the bill in April, citing concerns about the potential impact on innovation and the state's business climate. She argued that the bill would have created unnecessary regulatory burdens and could have driven cryptocurrency businesses out of the state. Despite efforts by supporters of the bill to gather enough votes for an override, the effort fell short in the state Senate. The vote was 20-15 in favor of the override, but a two-thirds majority was required to overturn the governor's veto. The failure to override the veto is a setback for cryptocurrency advocates in South Dakota, who had hoped that the bill would provide a framework for the industry to grow and thrive in the state. Without clear regulations, businesses may be hesitant to invest in the state or may choose to operate in other jurisdictions with more favorable regulatory environments. However, some lawmakers and industry experts believe that the failure of the bill may not be the end of the road for cryptocurrency in South Dakota. They argue that the state can still attract businesses and investors by offering a friendly business climate and low taxes, even without specific regulations for digital assets. In recent years, South Dakota has become a popular destination for cryptocurrency businesses and investors, thanks in part to its favorable tax laws and business-friendly environment. The state has also been home to several high-profile cryptocurrency projects, including the launch of a blockchain-based voting system in 2020. Despite the setback, supporters of cryptocurrency in South Dakota remain optimistic about the industry's future in the state. They believe that with continued advocacy and education, lawmakers will eventually recognize the potential benefits of regulating digital assets and will work to create a framework that supports innovation and growth in the industry.