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 recently passed 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 is behind the amendment and is ushering 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 Arizona Senate already passed the bill.

Only Utah already recognizes gold and silver as legal tender.