The Buzz: California Senate trades per diem for Fourth of July barbecue
07/08/2013 12:00 AM
07/08/2013 12:17 AM
Legislators forgo daily pay during July 4th holiday
Fireworks and barbecue in exchange for daily expenses.
That's the tradeoff members of the California Senate made last week when the Fourth of July holiday interrupted the schedule that usually keeps their $160-a-day per diem allocation flowing.
To claim that money, legislators have to meet at least every three days.
Typically that allows them to convene on Thursday, head to their districts and be back on Monday in time to satisfy the rule.
When there's a Monday holiday, legislators will often meet briefly on Friday to make sure they're entitled to their per diem for the intervening days.
That's what happened earlier this year on the Friday before the President's Day weekend, for instance.
But that wasn't the case last week – the state Capitol was bereft of lawmakers Friday.
The Assembly is out on recess, so its members aren't getting the expense payment anyway.
But lawmakers in the upper house forfeited the expense payment from Thursday through Sunday, according to the secretary of the Senate's office.
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