Rhode Island is joining Wyoming and Nevada when it comes to starting to support the use of blockchain tech. Like the western states, Rhode Island has passed its own security laws in its role as regulator to make private sector use of blockchain easier. 

But the twist in RI's approach is an RFP asking tech providers to team with them to explore 'pilot' uses of blockchain to improve government operations. I think this sort of teaming is potentially very interesting and worth watching - stay tuned . . .