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MADISON, Wis. - Assembly Republicans are about to increase by 56 percent how much lawmakers can receive in per diems when staying overnight in Madison.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Wednesday that expense payments for senators and representatives have stalled at $88 per day since 2001. That amount will increase to approximately $138 under the proposal to be voted on Thursday by a Republican-controlled Assembly leadership committee.
Representatives taking day trips to the Capitol would receive $69 a day, a 22 percent decrease.
Lawmakers will not be required to submit receipts documenting their expenses. Vos says they are held to an "honor system."
Representatives who live within 25 miles of the state Capitol would not receive travel reimbursement.
The changes would not affect members of the state Senate.
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