It seems like governments everywhere are interested in talking about bitcoin. New York state is no exception, with an announcement today indicating that hearings will be held on virtual currencies later this month.
Benjamin M. Lawsky — Superintendent of Financial Services at the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) — has pegged the dates of the public hearings on both January 28th and 29th (Tuesday and Wednesday).
The hearings are reportedly centered around the regulation of virtual currencies, the most popular of which being bitcoin, of course. This “fact-finding effort” will inform the state’s legislators, and may include the possibility of discussion surrounding “BitLicenses” to companies involved with digital currencies.
More information on witnesses and timing will be announced in the near future. According to the NYDFS, “The witnesses providing testimony at the hearing are expected to include a broad cross-section of industry participants, investors, academics, and other individuals involved in the virtual currency industry.”
Read the press release here.