On the day that the Senate recently passed a $76.9 million proposal to give teachers an annual $1,000 pay raise, members rose to ask to be added as co-authors – not an uncommon practice on popular bills.

As new Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann tried to list all the requests for co-authors so the Senate staff could have a record, he finally gave up and asked for a show of hands of anyone who did not want to be a co-author. No hands were raised.

Hosemann then praised the Senate for the passage of the bill – one of the few taken up this session.

At that point, senators rose to give a round of applause – perhaps to Hosemann for leading

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