Tennessee forfeiture law reform bill on its way to Gov. Haslam

State Senate unanimously passes bill sponsored by Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga

Sen. Todd Gardenhire, right, listens to Sen. Bo Watson Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

NASHVILLE - A bill providing new protections for people to regain property and cash seized by Tennessee law enforcement officials is headed to Gov. Bill Haslam's desk after receiving state Senate approval Thursday.

The vote for the bill, sponsored by Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, was unanimous.

"This is a rare bill because you had the ACLU on one side and the Beacon Center on the other, and they both agreed on it," Gardenhire told senators.

On Wednesday, the House passed the bill, sponsored in the lower chamber by Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah.

photo Rep. Mike Carter speaks during the Education Mini-Summit 2016 at the Volkswagen Conference Center on Sept. 20.

The bill is intended to address long-standing complaints and controversies involving law enforcement seizures of property tied to actual crimes or suspected unlawful activity.