ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Have a stash of gold and silver coins? A Minnesota lawmaker wants to recognize them as legal tender in the state.

First-term Rep. Kurt Bills introduced legislation Thursday to give the precious metals official standing in the state. The Republican’s bill also sets up a special committee to determine whether Minnesota should adopt an alternative currency.

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Both ideas have popped up in states from North Carolina to Idaho as a nod to sovereignty and a protest to Federal Reserve monetary policy.

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Even if the gold-and-silver bill became law, standard currency would still be permitted in Minnesota transactions.

The bill hasn’t been scheduled for a hearing as the session winds toward adjournment so it is unlikely to move ahead this year.

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