"We take an oath to God to uphold the Constitution," said Franklin, who represents the areas where Kell and Lassiter high schools are. "And Article 1, Section 10 says in part, 'no states shall make anything but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts.' And right now we're not doing that. So the state of Georgia is breaking the law. All the states are. And how can we expect the people of this state to obey the laws we pass if we're not obeying the Constitution, if we're breaking the law?" Franklin said.
In response, Franklin has authored HB 3, the Constitutional Tender Act, which would require state transactions to be conducted in gold or silver.
Franklin has never been one to shy away from introducing headline-making legislation.
He has also weighed in on the subject of a president's qualifications in HB 37.
"Since the Constitution in Article 2, Section 1 does lay out who is qualified for the office of president and vice president and since there was controversy about our current White House occupant, I thought, well, let's stop controversy in the future and just makes sure our Secretary of State, before putting a name on the ballot whether it be for a presidential preference primary or the general election, that there's no question whatsoever that the person's qualification meets with what the Constitution requires," Franklin said.
On the subject of the President, Franklin said he opposes Obama's push to allow gays to serve in the military.
"The Bible says it's a capital offense," Franklin said of homosexuality. "You want someone with unrepentant criminal behavior? And it's not just that, neither should adulterers, neither should thieves, neither should a lot of things. The church is full of sinners, but we're told in 1st Corinthians it rattled off the homosexual, the adulterer, the thief, the liar, and such were some of you, but you've been washed, you've been justified and so forth. It's not what you were. You're not punishing a thought. But do you want an unrepentant drug dealer in the military? Same thing."
The east Cobb lawmaker doesn't take kindly to county restrictions on what kind of animal you can have in your yard. So he introduced HB 2, which prevents local governments from interfering with a resident who wants to raise chickens, rabbits or goats.
"The whole concept is no level of state government should ever tell a person that they are prohibited from feeding their family," he said. "Chickens for the eggs and the meat, rabbits for the meat, goats for the milk and you can feed your family, but as you know, Cobb County in its Soviet style central planning, has deemed that you have to have two acres just to have a chicken."
A driver's license is another government mandate Franklin would do away with in HB 7. Franklin says since the right to travel was enshrined in the Magna Carta in England in 1215, "licensing of drivers cannot be required of free people because taking on the restrictions of a license require the surrender of an inalienable right."
Then there is his opposition to the government's ability to require vaccinations during a pandemic. He has therefore introduced HB 11, the Freedom from Compulsory Pandemic Act.
"That pretty much is a 'my body, my choice,'" Franklin said. "No one should be compelled to undergo invasive medical treatment against their will. If the state says we're vaccinating everyone for H1N1, you have no choice. So you could be receiving a toxic virus in your body that you might want to opt out of."
Speaking of "my body, my choice," a slogan widely used by the feminist movement, Franklin regularly introduces legislation that seeks to define abortion as murder. His HB 1 states that since Georgia was not a party to the suit in Roe v. Wade, it is not bound by that decision. The bill defines life as beginning at conception, and abortion as murder.
Franklin ran into trouble on the abortion topic in 2008, when State Sen. Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) introduced a bill dealing with dog fighting.
"They had in Chip's testimony the reason why he wanted to ban dog fighting because if these dogs get loose then they harm innocent life. That was his stated purpose to the committee," Franklin explained.
So when the bill reached the floor of the House, Franklin, arguing that "life is life," said he tried to amend it by adding on his anti abortion bill.
But then Speaker Glenn Richardson refused to recognize him.
"(Richardson) kind of started the trend that now David (House Speaker David Ralston) has picked up," Franklin said. "You're not recognized for that motion. At least under the Murphy era you'd make your motion, you'd get a couple dozen votes, you'd move on. Glenn did not recognize me to make that motion, so I appealed his ruling of not recognizing that motion by an elected member of the House, so that's why I'm in this office instead of down the hall. I was a chairman then and you notice I'm no longer."
Franklin was stripped of his chairmanship of the House Reapportionment Committee for defying Richardson. But Franklin complains Richardson's successor, Ralston, doesn't always recognize him either even though he is supposed to.
"He's doing the same thing of not recognizing motions he doesn't agree with instead of letting the elected House of Representatives vote on whether they want the motion or not," Franklin said.
The son of a Coca-Cola salesman, Franklin was born in Birmingham, Alabama to Robert and Betty Franklin, along with two older sisters. He earned a degree in Biblical Studies and Business Administration from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain and moved to Cobb County in 1992, where he is self-employed as a business consultant.
"I go into businesses and help them figure out how to do things a little bit better," he said.
Franklin describes himself as a single man with three grown children, living in east Cobb and attending Chalcedon Presbyterian Church in Cumming.
He was first elected to the Georgia House in 1996 to represent the 43rd District. No one ran against him in the July primary, where he received 4,621 votes. And no one ran against him in the November general election, where he received 14,330 votes.
Franklin is cautious about giving out some of the details of his life. For instance, he doesn't want it reported how old he is.
"We're dealing with identity theft now," he says, in response to the question.
He said his religious beliefs took root after a cover to cover reading of the Bible.
"It was basically taking the Scripture, saying OK, what does it say, and reading it through cover to cover each year, getting everything in context and saying this is what needs to be done personally, this is what needs to be done in the family, this is what needs to be done in the state, and the jurisdictions don't mix, but all of us are accountable to god."
And by god Franklin does not mean Allah.
"The God. There's only one. Jesus said that he is the way, the truth and the light, no one comes to the Father except through him. George W. Bush was almost right when he said, 'all religions lead to the same place.' I would say all religions but one lead to the same place. Christianity will lead you to a different place. If you say any religion other than Christianity will get you to Heaven then you're saying Jesus lied, and I'm not going there."
Franklin believes the U.S. has adopted all 10 points of the Communist Manifesto, which is why in part he has introduced HR 1 to eliminate property taxes.
"The first plank of the Communist Manifesto is the abolition of private property and if you tax it you're claiming ownership over it," he said. "Finish paying off your mortgage and don't pay your rent to Cobb County. You'll find out who owns it. We've really adopted all 10 planks of the Communist Manifesto in one form or another in this country."
Every now and then Franklin is zinged in the media for a bill he authored that would make Georgia clay the official state dirt. But Franklin said opinion makers miss the point he was trying to make with that bill.
"The bill was a joke highlighting as a famous radio talk show host says, 'the absurd with the absurd,' because we were getting a rash of official naming," he said. "The official spotted trout, the official tree frog, taking up business, and I thought well you can't beat them join them type thing and illustrate how absurd they're being, and growing up in Alabama we knew about Georgia red clay. It was a joke designed to be humorous."