PHOENIX — Arizona lawmakers are backing a bill that would make gold and
silver legal tender, but the state Department of Revenue wants no part in it.
The Arizona House passed last week an amendment to the bill ensuring that the
Department of Revenue wouldn’t have to accept gold and silver as payment if the
legislation became law.
Republican Rep. David Livingston was behind the amendment and helped usher the
legislation through the Arizona House. He says the Department of Revenue’s
reluctance to participate in the measure is not indicative of larger problems
with the bill.
But Democrats say making gold and silver the same as the U.S. dollar would
create a bureaucratic nightmare.
The House passed the bill 36-22 on Monday. The Arizona Senate already passed