Overbey recognized as top lawmaker

State Senator Doug Overbey was recently recognized in a state business and political publication as one of the most effective legislators of the 2011 session.

The Tennessee Journal gave kudos to Sen. Overbey in their “Legislator of the Year” section by saying he “routinely handles complicated legislation with skill and courtesy.” They specifically pointed out that Overbey, “for the second year in a row sponsored the hospital coverage assessment to avoid steep TennCare cuts.”

The Tennessee Journal is a weekly insider’s newsletter on Tennessee government, politics and business that has reported on the General Assembly since 1975.

“He also was in the thick of the tort reform issue,” the article’s writers said. “He pushed for changes in the governor’s bill, didn’t get everything he wanted, but voted for it in the end.”

Other lawmakers recognized for playing a major role in the work of the 2011 session were Sen. Andy Berke (D-Chattanooga), Rep. Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville) and Rep. Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley).

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