ETHNews had previously reported that Illinois was considering a law aimed at clarifying the legal status of blockchain technology. However, it now appears that, after failing to meet a procedural deadline, HB5553 has died in committee.
Like many state laws already passed (such as in Arizona and Tennessee) or currently being considered (such as those in Ohio and New York), the bill would have provided a legal definition of blockchains and "smart contracts" (also known as EDCCs). The Illinois bill also featured a provision similar to one in Nevada, prohibiting local governments from banning or taxing the use of blockchains.
However, the bill was unusual in that it prohibited several specific uses of blockchains. The proposed law would have mandated that information that is required to be transmitted in "a specified method, or to contain information that is formatted in a certain matter" still conform to those existing standards. The bill also stated that health insurance and public utility cancellation and foreclosure notification requirements could not be satisfied through the use of blockchains.