Paraguay’s plans to regulate the crypto mining industry have come to a screeching halt after lawmakers nixed the country’s Crypto Law on Monday.
The bill, which was set to create a tax and regulatory framework for crypto mining in the country, was yesterday shelved by politicians after months of toing and froing. It had already been vetoed in August when President Mario Abdo Benitez claimed mining Bitcoin used too much energy and brought small employment benefits to the country.
Lawmakers then rejected the president’s veto in a move that made it look like senators were on the way to regulating the industry—which operates in a legal gray area in the Latin American nation.
Though on Monday, Paraguay’s Chamber of Deputies (lower house) voted against putting it through—archiving the bill.
The proposed legislation drafted last year by Congressman Carlos Rejala and Senator Fernando Silva Facetti wanted to cap electricity rates for mining operations and tax the industry.
Paraguay is attractive to Bitcoin miners because of its cheap electricity which is needed in abundance to keep the network running. But despite the shelving of the bill, some in the country’s blockchain space were happy with the result.