Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.) this week vowed to end National Park Service rules that require people to get a permit before holding baptism ceremonies in Ozark National Scenic Riverways (ONSR).

“Federal agencies are truly out of control,” Smith said Wednesday. “First they try to regulate children working on their family farms and now they are trying to regulate baptisms.

“I am going to fight these rogue Washington agencies that seem intent on regulating every aspect of our life here in Missouri.”

Smith wrote a letter to ONSR Superintendent Bill Black this week after hearing complaints from constituents about the National Park Service’s rules. Those rules require people to get a permit and give park officials two days notice before a baptism takes place.