New Bill To Reign In Tennessee Revenue Agents

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee lawmaker says he's thinking about filing a bill that would reign in Revenue Department agents. They now watch retailers along state lines and stop people who bring in more than two cartons of cigarettes after Tennessee more than tripled its cigarette tax.

Representative Matthew Hill of Blountville says Tennessee is not, as he put it in a news release this week, "Nazi Germany where the government is looking at every aspect of our lives."

Representative Debra Maggart of Hendersonville says she's considering a bill to allow up to six cartons to be brought in without Tennessee taxes being paid on them.

The Revenue Department also said this week agents are confiscating beer bought out of state, but only if they stop drivers for bringing in too many cigarettes.

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