Posted: Mar 18, 2013 5:18 PM Updated: Mar 18, 2013 5:21 PM
By CRISTINA SILVA
PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona Republican lawmakers say privately minted gold and silver coins should be considered legal tender.
The bill advanced in a 4-2 vote by a House committee Monday states that gold and silver is money and therefore shouldn’t be subject to tax or regulation as property.
Proponents say the value of the dollar is on the decline. Businesses wouldn’t be required to accept gold or silver under the bill.
Democrats oppose the measure. They say it would be a bureaucratic nightmare because businesses don’t have the equipment to determine the value of gold and silver.
They also say the measure is Arizona’s latest jab at the federal government, which prohibits states from minting their own money.
The bill passed in the Republican-led Senate in February in a 17-11 vote.
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I wish the reporter had enough education or intellectual honesty to report that the Constitution, (the people), not the Federal Government, prohibits the states from coining money. The reporter twists the facts to make it appear that the Federal Government is sovereign, not the people. Is there any way to correct and educate reporters when they make these “errors”? Can the AP be required to retract or correct their words in the interest of honesty and fairness to the public that they “serve”?
I can’t express the horror and outrage I feel almost every day as I hear people (who should be educated) telling other people that Federal Law always trumps State Law. Almost everyone has heard this falsehood said enough times that they now believe it to be true. Even many of our elected representatives in Arizona State Government, who have sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution, profess to believe this and accept it as fact. These ignorant, sadly misled or misinformed representatives pose our greatest barrier to State nullification of unconstitutional dictates of the Federal Government – do they not?