Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Senate Democrats introduce bill to return per diem

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – The Arizona State Legislature convened the 9th Special Session this week for the sole purpose of pushing an anti-union piece of legislation the courts kicked off the November ballot. Each day the legislature is in session legislators are paid a daily stipend.

Today, Sen. Rebecca Rios introduced SB 1001, legislation stating that legislators cannot accept the daily per diem if the bill is passed.

“Senate Democrats contend that given our state’s dire economic condition it is irresponsible for Republicans to convene this costly, partisan special session to fix their own legislative mistakes,” said Sen. Rebecca Rios, Assistant Democratic Leader.

“We believe that the fiscally responsible action is to not provide this additional pay to members and have introduced legislation stating so,” said Sen. Linda Lopez, Senate Democratic Whip.

Note: This is a corrected version.
The Legislature receives the same amount of per diem whether it is in Regular Session or in Special Session. The only change in per diem rates is that it is lowered once the legislature is in session for 120 continuous days.

The bill text states that the legislators will not receive per diem, but this only takes effect if the bill is passed and signed by the Governor.

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