NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An Associated Press review has found that state lawmakers' out-of-session expenses increased 8% in the third quarter despite the elimination of legislative oversight committees.
The state paid out about $270,000 in daily expenses and mileage reimbursements in the quarter ending Sept. 30, compared with $251,000 in the same year-ago period. The figures do not include out-of-state trips but do include about $30,000 spent to send lawmakers to a Southern Legislative Conference meeting in Memphis in July.
A spokesman for Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey on Tuesday called the increase a "1-time blip" due to the Memphis event.
The Legislature this year voted to do away with legislative oversight committees for areas like TennCare, corrections and workers' compensation in a move that was projected to save the state more than $850,000.
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