Indicted Former Senator Top State-Paid Traveler Among Lawmakers

Nashville (AP) -- A review of legislative travel records shows indicted former Senator Kathryn Bowers went on more out-of-state trips than any other Tennessee lawmaker last year.

The Commercial Appeal reports the Memphis Democrat received nearly $6,000 for a dozen trips in 2006 and one in late 2005. The specific total was $5,880.

Bowers' final state-paid trip was a three-day visit to Boston, from which she returned six days before she resigned her office on September first.

Bowers is awaiting trial on bribery charges in the Tennessee Waltz federal public corruption sting. Her trial is now set for September.

Bowers didn't return a Commercial Appeal's call seeking comment Sunday night.

Records show the legislature's second most frequent traveler was House Speaker Pro Tem Lois Deberry, also of Memphis. She billed the state about $4,500 for nine trips in 2006.

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