Government
9:13 am
Thu December 19, 2013

The State Will No Longer Reimburse Travel Expenses For Retiring Or Defeated Lawmakers

Lawmakers have also taken steps to keep retiring or defeated lawmakers from going to conferences and taking trips at the state's expense.

House and Senate leaders agreed unanimously Wednesday to revise the Legislature's travel reimbursement policies.

House Minority Leader Paul Davis suggested the change.

The new policy says if lawmakers don't file for re-election or are defeated, they aren't entitled to state reimbursement of expenses for out-of-state trips.

The policy makes an exception when the outgoing legislator is an officer of a recognized organization or is asked by legislative leaders to represent Kansas at an event.

House Majority Leader Jene Vickrey says out-of-state conferences are designed to help lawmakers do their jobs better.