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Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
Virginia’s House of Delegates passed a bill this week to set up a committee that would consider whether the state should mint its own currency, based on a gold or silver standard.
ABC News reports:
The lower chamber passed a bill Monday to study the possibility. The legislation, proposed by Manassas Republican Del. Robert Marshall, would create a new joint subcommittee made up of lawmakers, plus two outside experts, to “study the feasibility of a metallic-based monetary unit.”
The committee could spend up to $17,440 and would present its recommendations before the legislative session starts in 2014.
The House of Delegates passed the bill by a vote of 65-32, though it is not likely to pass out of the state Senate, which is split evenly between Republicans and Democrats.
Marshall is a big fan of the gold standard, and has repeatedly proposed similar legislation in the past. “Once Virginia leads the way, other [states] will see this,” he said in 2011. “We need to get out of a lethargic mode of acceptance. A gold and silver system puts the power back with the people and not with a private group of bankers.”
Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at email@example.com.More Jillian Rayfield.
Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)