BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Louisiana’s lawmakers have traveled the country to meet with colleagues and attend conferences since their legislative sessions ended, trips that have cost taxpayers nearly $120,000.
Twenty-four of 105 House members and 17 of 39 senators attended events in a dozen states, including Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida and Nevada.
Lawmakers went to meetings of the Southern Legislative Conference in Missouri; the National Conference of State Legislatures in Los Angeles; the Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.; and the National Conference of Insurance Legislators in Utah, among others.
Information provided to The Associated Press by the Legislature showed the trips cost the House nearly $58,000 and the Senate about $60,000 for travel expenses such as airfare, hotel rooms and the daily per diem paid to lawmakers for attending work-related meetings.