The Utah House of Representatives has approved a bill that allowing gold and silver coins to be used as currency, though unlike similar bills in other states, it doesn't force anyone to accept gold or silver as legal tender.
House Bill 317 was introduced by state Rep. Brad Galvez (R) last week, and passed the House by a vote of 47-26. It will now head to the state Senate for a vote.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Galvez explained: "This is a step in preparedness, a step in security that allows us to be able to help hold up our economy as the dollar continues to shrink."
As TPM has been documenting, there's been a recent push for gold and silver coins to be used as currency. Georgia state Rep. Bobby Franklin (R) recently reintroduced legislation to force his state to conduct all monetary transactions with U.S. gold or silver coins -- including the payment of taxes.
But Georgia and Utah are just two of at least ten states to introduced similar legislation in the past few years -- much of it in 2009 -- and others like Florida have come up with creative alternatives like gold vending machines in shopping malls.
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