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Idaho Lawmakers Spend Nearly $300,000 In Travel Expenses

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Samantha Wright
Boise State Public Radio

Idaho taxpayers footed a bill of nearly $250,000 to cover expenses for lawmakers traveling to and from Boise during the 2015 legislative session.

Taxpayers paid an additional $50,000 for lawmakers to travel outside the state over the past fiscal year.

The Associated Press obtained the information through a public records request for travel reimbursements for the past year for all 105 state lawmakers in the House and Senate.

Republican Sen. Bob Nonini from Coeur d'Alene received close to $8,800 in travel reimbursements between Dec. 2014 and April 2015. It was the highest in-state travel receipt for both chambers.

Along with receiving travel reimbursements, state lawmakers earn around $16,600 each year and receive a per diem —which varies depending where the lawmaker lives— when the Legislature is in session.

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