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Idaho lawmakers spend $136,000 on travel

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Posted at 10:53 AM, May 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-09 12:53:24-04

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho lawmakers spent more than $136,000 on travel during the 2016 legislative session.

The Associated Press obtained the information through a public records request for this year's travel reimbursements for the 105 state lawmakers in the House and Senate. However, while many lawmakers have turned in their legislative travel reimbursement receipts, the Legislature doesn't have a deadline on when expenses need to be submitted.

As of the end of April, Republican Sen. Bob Nonini from Coeur d'Alene has received nearly $5,600 in travel reimbursements. Nonini currently has the highest in-state travel expenses for both chambers.

Along with receiving travel reimbursements, state lawmakers earn around $16,600 each year and receive a per diem -- which varies depending on where the lawmaker lives -- when the Legislature is in session.