Legislators spent $2 million on food, lodging

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 23, 2013 6:22 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- State lawmakers received more than $2 million for their lodging and meals during fiscal 2012-13, with the bulk of the taxpayer-funded reimbursements not requiring any receipts.

The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that lawmakers spent about $1.8 million for per diems -- the daily allowances for lodging and meals that are tax-free and require no receipts -- and nearly $200,000 more for lodging and meals which require receipts.

The paper says Senators received reimbursements of about $5,700 on average, while House members averaged about $8,500.

Senate Chief Clerk Russell Faber says a number of lawmakers are putting on brief notations in records explaining what expenses are for on days the Legislature is not in session, to show how they relate to legislative activity.

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