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Senate clerk uses taxpayer money to travel to conferences

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Chief Senate Clerk Russell Humphrey has spent about $9,000 in taxpayer money to travel to conferences in other states over the last seven months.

WSMV-TV ( ) reports Humphrey has traveled to Alaska, Arkansas, Minnesota, Nevada, Louisiana and Washington, D.C. According to the station, most of his travels were related to his role as president of the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries.

Ben Cunningham, who leads a Tennessee government watchdog group, says he thinks the travel expenses are excessive.

Humphrey referred questions about his travel to Connie Ridley, director of legislative administration.

Ridley says Humphrey's travel for the organization benefits Tennessee because it "allows us to have direct knowledge and access to the best technologies and practices in legislative efficiency."

Information from: WSMV-TV,

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