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Pa. senator calls for per diem reform

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A Pennsylvania senator has introduced legislation to change the way state lawmakers are compensated for their travel, meals and lodging expenses.

Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny/Butler) said his measure, Senate Bill 1291, would require elected officials to submit receipts before they could receive reimbursements.

House and Senate members currently can claim up to $159 per day in unvouchered per diems, or expenses claimed without receipts, when they're in Harrisburg for legislative duties.

Vulakovich said legislators, just like other state employees, should have to submit receipts in order to obtain reimbursements.

"There have been too many media reports questioning the integrity of the state's unvouchered per diem system of reimbursement and thereby questioning the integrity of the user of the system," Vulakovich said in a news release. "It's time we end this practice and make the system more accountable."

Vulakovich said he plans to put forth another bill that would require all state government employees to contribute the same health care co-payment.

He said he also plans to introduce legislation to eliminate - with very few exceptions - state employees having personal state cars.


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