Senate Should Follow Harwell
Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell is attempting to keep public confidence in the legislative per diem system
Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell has taken a critical step to restore public confidence in the workings of the General Assembly in deciding to limit the per diem legislators can receive for out-of-State travel. Until May 13th, legislators were allowed one out-of-State trip per year where they were not only paid per diem but their travel and hotel expenses were covered. That part of the present policy won't be changing, but what has changed is that legislators were able to take other trips besides their one allowed, and they couldn't claim travel and hotel expenses, but could claim per diem, and now, they are no longer able to do so.
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