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Birthdays, anniversaries go up as resolutions in TN legislature

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BRISTOL, TN (WJHL) -

As this session of the Tennessee General Assembly winds down, the number of resolutions being passed is going up.

So far this year, the Tennessee Legislature has passed 476 resolutions. Those resolutions are meant to honor outstanding achievements by Tennesseans across the state, for everything from anniversaries, to memorials for those that have recently passed away.

State Representative Jon Lundberg has taken some flack over the past couple of days, for a resolution he introduced honoring the 20th anniversary of his company, "The Corporate Image" in Bristol.

"You know frankly, I think its much ado about nothing." ,says Lundberg.

Some have criticized state lawmakers in the past, for wasting money and time on such resolutions.

For Lundberg, he says in the past, he would have asked his State Representative to file a resolution, but now, he is that Representative.

According to Lundberg, "The interesting paradigm in that spot, is your the president of a company that does celebrate 20 years, and has employed people, and you would like this kind of recognition...you've done it before...way before being involved in politics...what do you do?"

Normally, a resolution can cost a few hundred dollars to write, format, and print.

Lundberg says that his staff at his business wrote and formatted the resolution, and that he paid $20 for the paper that it was printed on, so he says that taxpayers aren't out any money.

However, when you look at all the resolutions that are being introduced and passed, there is time and money being expended, but State Representative Matthew Hill thinks that's money, and time, well spent.

According to Hill, "Our end of the state is so rich in history, and to be able to recognize and honor that history as it is being made in many cases, by individuals and groups across the state, I think is part of our responsibility as elected officials."

We checked the resolutions records today and learned Representative Lundberg has sponsored 9 and co-sponsored 94  resolutions this year.

Representative Matthew Hill sponsored 9 as well, and was co-sponsor on 93 resolutions, both are about average for house members in our region.

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