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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 28, 2022 09:41 AM
From: Representative Brett R. Miller
To: All House members
Subject: Reimbursement Only for Expenses Actually Incurred
 
In the near future, I will re-introduce legislation (HB 2078 of 2021-22 Session) that will end the flat-rate per diems provided to members of the General Assembly and will, from hereafter, only reimburse members for expenses upon receipt of documentation of the expense.
 
Members of the General Assembly are entrusted by the constituents they serve to be good stewards of the taxpayer’s money. The current practice of flat rate per diems sometimes pays tens of thousands of additional dollars to individual legislators on top of their salaries, whether or not the legislator actually incurred those expenses. Although the flat-rate system is simpler, it is far from transparent and far from the ability of anyone to achieve a full accounting of actual expenses. Modern technology makes the requirement of submitting receipts a miniscule burden – a burden worth the cost of restoring the public’s trust in the General Assembly’s handling of its financial affairs.
 
Co-sponsors from last session include B. MILLER, HANBIDGE, BOROWICZ, STAMBAUGH, ZABEL, BERNSTINE, ZIMMERMAN, COOK, GILLEN, JONES, RYAN, MULLINS, SHUSTERMAN, GREINER, KAUFER, ROAE, SCHMITT, LAWRENCE, R. BROWN, GAYDOS AND HERRIN.
 
Please join me in sponsoring this legislation to ensure members of the General Assembly are reimbursed only for expenses that are actually incurred.
 



Introduced as HB1344