Lawmakers Propose Plan To Eliminate Some Laws And Regulations
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A group of state lawmakers is proposing a plan to get rid of outdated regulations and laws in Tennessee.
A group of Republicans led by Franklin Representative Glen Casada and Senator Jack Johnson are leading an effort to create the "Office of the Repealer." The person assigned to that office would recommend to lawmakers where they see government waste, duplication, and out-of-date regulations that should be eliminated.
The lawmakers said one example is a law, currently on the books, that makes it illegal to release more than 25 balloons at one time. The fine is $250 per balloon. "The code currently says if you release more than 25 balloons then you're in violation of state law," said Senator Jackson Johnson. "I've got three kids, we've had birthday parties, and I've broken the law. I know that I have, so I'm falling on my sword."
Whoever gets the job would work wit the Secretary of State's office. Citizens will be able to send in their recommendations about outdated laws ad government waste through the state's website.