- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - An Anchorage lawmaker has proposed eliminating per diem payments to lawmakers who aren’t in Juneau during session.

Democratic Rep. Harriet Drummond said legislators must tighten their belts given the state’s budget situation.

Under HB 111, lawmakers wouldn’t receive per diem for time they’re away from Juneau during regular or special sessions. That would apply to absences from another city if a special session were called elsewhere.

Jessica Geary, finance manager for the Legislative Affairs Agency, said lawmakers receive per diem for each day the legislature is in session, regardless of whether they’re in Juneau. She says when the Legislature is in session, legislators must maintain households in Juneau and their home districts.

The per diem rate is $237 a day, except for Juneau legislators. For them, it’s $176.25 per day.

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