Bill to limit reimbursement for instate air travel


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Legislation that would limit lawmakers' reimbursement for air travel inside Tennessee has passed the Senate.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown was approved 29-2 on Monday evening.

The proposal limits the amount of reimbursement a lawmaker may receive for airline travel to Nashville to an amount that does not exceed the mileage allowance that the legislator would have received if he or she had driven.

Kelsey says lawmakers need to watch their spending considering the major cutbacks in the state budget.

However, Democratic Sen. Ophelia Ford of Memphis stood up on the Senate floor and angrily opposed the bill, saying current "per diems don't cover our expenses already. This bill ... is absolutely insulting to me."

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Read SB3300/HB3576 at http://capitol.tn.gov

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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