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Tennessee lawmaker passes resolution to honor himself

Posted By Kristen Butler, UPI.com   |   April 19, 2013 at 2:05 PM
A Tennessee legislator has raised the ire of citizens after passing a resolution to honor himself.

Resolutions are basically congratulatory notes for achievement, or the establishment of an occasion or awareness day. So far this year, Tennessee lawmakers have passed 476 resolutions -- each one costing taxpayers roughly $300, reports WSMV.

Sen. Ophelia Ford has passed one to honor her intern, and Sens. Matthew and Timothy Hill passed one to honor their late grandmother, but Republican Sen. Jon Lundberg just passed a resolution to honor himself.

"I think it's important for us as a state to say, 'Hey, great job on creating jobs and moving the ball forward,'" said Lundberg.

Lundberg's resolution, written by his own staff, honors his public relations firm, The Corporate Image, and includes the phrases "the owners and employees of The Corporate Image are many such noteworthy persons" and "the company has continued to set the standard for the highest quality professional services."

"My staff wrote it, I reimbursed the state the cost of the paper and all of that," Lundberg said. He added he has resolutions for other businesses that reach milestones in his district. "Is that important for those companies? Yeah," Lundberg said.

Lundberg passed another resolution in 2009 honoring his daughter for graduating high school. When asked about that resolution Wednesday, Lundberg said he stands by that one, too.

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