The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 23, 2013

Pol to pols: Show public your receipts

Some state reps claim $25G in expenses without vouchers

By Ashley Wislock
The Daily Item

— By John Finnerty

CNHI Harrisburg Bureau

State Rep. Dan Truitt, a Republican from Chester County, has more than a dozen co-sponsors for a bill that he will soon introduce to eliminate the use of unvouchered expense reimbursements claimed by lawmakers for meals and lodging, typically when they travel to Harrisburg.

In the most extreme cases, lawmakers racked up more than $25,000 last year by billing the state when they traveled from their home districts.

The House was in session just 67 days in 2012 and the Senate, only 59 days. But some lawmakers claimed reimbursements more than 100 times, including days when they traveled to committee sessions.

Truitt said his legislation would require that lawmakers submit receipts for reimbursement for their travel expenses. His legislation would not bar lawmakers from claiming those expenses.

The per diems are intended to compensate those lawmakers who represent districts that are hours from Harrisburg.

Read more of this story in Thursday's edition of The Daily Item.