Garth Brooks yesterday asked the state Legislature to outlaw ticket scalping in Tennessee.

“Just the law prohibiting scalping would be the sweetest thing to me,” Brooks told lawmakers.

The singer and his management decried how scalping, legal in Tennessee since decriminalization in 1989, prevents many fans from seeing his shows because the average fan can’t afford the exorbitant amounts scalpers routinely charge.

“Let’s have fairness,” said Brooks’ manager Bob Doyle.

Although Brooks was greeted with applause from a crowd of onlookers and treated warmly by legislators, it was obvious that many of them may not support the proposed law. House Judiciary Committee chairman Frank Buck worried that the law may affect ticket brokers and businesses that buy blocks of tickets to sell tourists.

“When you sang about ‘Friends in Low Places,’ did you have us in mind?” Rep. Jere Hargrove jokingly asked Brooks.

“In all honesty, sir,” Brooks replied, “it depends on how you vote on this bill.”

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