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Washington state bills push for blockchain group, digital credentials

January 12, 2022

The Washington State Senate heard testimony during a virtual hearing Wednesday for bills that would form a blockchain workgroup and require the state’s technology office to develop a plan for developing a digital credential network.

The proposed bills, introduced Monday and then referred to committee, require a group of state officials, lawmakers and trade group representatives to draft recommendations on how to apply blockchain to state government’s operations and digital services. The distributed digital ledger technology has attracted significant attention over the past several years in both the public and private sector, most notably for backing cryptocurrency.

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