Idaho Legislators To Receive Raise, Remain On Honor System For Per Diem Payments

Jun 25, 2012

The committee that oversees compensation for state legislators today attempted to clarify when lawmakers may claim the $122 per diem payment intended for those who maintain a second residence during the legislative session.  That payment became a source of controversy last fall, after the AP reported that one state senator claimed it while staying with his parents, and another claimed it while staying on his law firm’s couch.

The six-member Citizens’ Committee on Legislative Compensation took up the issue at its biennial meeting this morning.  “There was a question about, ‘What does ‘maintain a second residence’ mean?’” said newly elected chairperson Debora Kristensen.  However, Kristensen explained, that question wasn’t one the committee was ultimately able to answer.  Continue reading...