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Tenn. lawmaker to pay to restore defaced desk

July 12th, 2011 4:25 pm by Staff Report

NASHVILLE (AP) — A freshman lawmaker who admits carving her initials into her desk in the state House chamber is going to have to pay to fix it.
Speaker Beth Harwell said Tuesday that Rep. Julia Hurley's initials will be removed at the Republican lawmaker's expense.
The desk carving was first reported by WSMV-TV. Hurley on Monday confirmed to the Knoxville News Sentinel that she made the etching into the desk during a late-night floor session in May.
Hurley told the paper that she "wasn't thinking straight."
Harwell, a Nashville Republican, said in a statement to The Associated Press that the desk will be restored and that she expects Hurley "will be more than happy to compensate the state to make the repairs."

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