Members of the Kansas Legislature are seeking to enact legislation helping restore sound money and enforce the U.S. Constitution’s monetary provisions.
House Bill No. 2405 (HB 2405) and Senate Bill No. 303 (SB 303), both titled the Kansas Legal Tender Act, are respectively introduced by the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs and the Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs. On March 21, 2023, the Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs recommended SB 303’s passage.
If enacted, HB 2405 and SB 303 would officially recognize gold and silver coins as legal tender and eliminate capital-gains taxes on gold and silver — thus bringing Kansas closer to constitutional compliance and treating gold and silver as money. Furthermore, HB 2405 includes a provision that would allow non-U.S.-minted gold and silver coins to be recognized as legal tender, further weakening Fed control.
HB 2405 and SB 303 are a great first step toward enforcing the Constitution’s monetary provisions. Article I, Section 10, of the U.S. Constitution plainly states that “No State shall…make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts.” It’s long overdue that states begin to enforce this provision once again.
Additionally, these bills are important steps toward nullifying the unconstitutional Federal Reserve, which has a monopoly on money, and also reducing Kansas’ financial dependence on the federal government. It will also help Kansas avoid the federal government’s planned “Central Bank Digital Currencies,” which severely threaten privacy and individual freedom.
Article VI of the U.S. Constitution obligates state officials to uphold the Constitution and nullify all laws not “made in Pursuance” of it. Officials at all levels of government must push back against the federal government’s many unconstitutional laws and agencies, and robustly enforce the Constitution and only those laws “made in Pursuance thereof.” HB 2405 and SB 303 are an excellent model for other states to follow.
Urge your state representative and senator to support HB 2405 and SB 303 and to fully restore sound money in Kansas.
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