California governor signs bill to bring bitcoin and other currency into fold [Reuters.com]
The legislation repeals what backers said was an outdated California law prohibiting commerce using anything but U.S. currency.
Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, the bills author, said earlier this week the bill reflects the popularity of forms of payment already in use in California like bitcoin and that even rewards points from businesses, such as Starbucks Stars, could technically be considered illegal without an update to currency law in the nations most populous state.
California lawmakers approved the measure on Monday, just days after the failed Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox received court approval to begin bankruptcy proceedings in the United States as it awaits approval of a settlement with U.S. customers and a sale of its business.