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With the budget dilemma still unresolved, state lawmakers have returned from a two-week spring break. Wonder what they’ve accomplished so far in the 2000 session? They’ve occupied much of their time by heaping praise on constituents. The House and Senate have produced more than 1,400 ”memorializing and congratulatory“ resolutions, honoring a cast of thousands across Tennessee. Boy Scouts, old people, beauty queens, high school valedictorians—everyone who does anything is eligible. It’s just one of the little tricks used by lawmakers to promote themselves to constituents. Here are the Legislature’s most prolific praisers:

Top Senate producers of congratulatory resolutions:

♦ Sen. Jo Ann Graves, D-Gallatin, 81

♦ Sen. Rosalind Kurita, D-Clarksville, 79

♦ Sen. Andy Womack, D-Murfreesboro, 71

♦ Sen. Roy Herron, D-Dresden, 60

♦ Sen. Bob Rochelle, D-Lebanon, 44

♦ Sen. Rusty Crowe, R-Johnson City, 42

♦ Sen. Charlotte Burks, D-Monterey, 39

♦ Sen. Jerry Cooper, D-McMinnville, 31

♦ Sen. Bill Clabough, R-Maryville, 26

Top House members:

♦ Rep. Tre Hargett, R-Bartlett, 31

♦ Rep. Lois DeBerry, D-Memphis, 29

♦ Rep. Larry Scroggs, R-Germantown, 28

♦ Rep. Mark Goins, R-LaFollette, 26

♦ Rep. Jere Hargrove, D-Cookeville, 26

♦ Rep. William Baird, R-Jacksboro, 24

♦ Rep. Kathryn Bowers, D-Memphis, 22

♦ Rep. Bobby Sands, D-Columbia, 21

♦ Rep. Barbara Cooper, D-Memphis, 19

♦ Rep. Henri Brooks, D-Memphis, 18

source: Knoxville News-Sentinel

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