August 21, 2018, Murfreesboro Gondolier Restaurant
The Murfreesboro Evening Rotary Club recently hosted Tennessee State Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna). Rep. Sparks spoke of the importance of eliminating the state emissions mandate and civil asset forfeiture reform passed earlier this year during the 110th Tennessee General Assembly.
Sparks said, “I am very proud of the efforts of our Tennessee General Assembly. With both Republican and Democrat support we had some much-needed reforms in these areas of civil asset forfeiture. I am confident we are moving the right direction to end the oppressive emissions testing mandate. I’m reminded of the quote from President Ronald Reagan, ‘The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’ Many times elected officials and bureaucrats create more problems that encroach on our freedoms with more regulation and mandates, many times government is the problem.”
The Smyrna state representative explained that the bipartisan civil asset forfeiture bill, officially dubbed the “U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act,” passed the House 88-0 and the Senate 30-0. With Gov. Haslam’s signature, the bill goes into effect Oct. 1, 2018.