Panel OKs nearly $9M for NM legislative session

Posted at: 01/16/2013 7:20 AM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The Legislature's 60-day session could end up costing taxpayers nearly $144,000 a day.

A House committee approved a bill Tuesday providing $8.6 million for expenses of the legislative session. That includes salaries for staff, printing, mail, telephones and the $154 daily expense reimbursement that's paid to legislators rather than a salary.

The measure, which is called the "feed bill" by legislators, heads to the House for consideration after clearing the Appropriations and Finance Committee. Legislative sessions usually cost less than what is allocated by lawmakers.

Leftover money goes into a reserve account that's used for special legislative sessions and other projects.

The bill also provides about $24 million for the Legislature's year-round operations, including committees that meet when lawmakers aren't in session and legislative research and administrative services.

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