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Reports show House travel spending more than doubled

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The House is required to report its spending to the Arizona Department of Administration’s General Accounting Office. Although those records don’t detail which lawmakers or staff the chamber’s travel expenses were on behalf of, they offer a glimpse of the chamber’s spending on travel in the past year.

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Montenegro repays ALEC for travel stipend

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House Majority Leader Steve Montenegro has repaid the American Legislative Exchange Council for a travel stipend he received for attending the organization’s July 2015 conference in San Diego, which he drove to at no personal cost while using a state fleet vehicle.

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Maybe he drove around the Loop 101 38 times

A handful of House lawmakers and staff kept on trucking in state vehicles through the end of the year, according to records from the Dept of Administration. As the Capitol Times reported earlier this month, a small number of lawmakers and staffers had driven more than 25,000 miles in state vehicles, some of which were for reasons that violate state rules and laws governing fleet vehicle use.

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Q&A with Speaker of the House David Gowan (access required)

House Speaker David Gowan (Photo by Luige del Puerto, Arizona Capitol Times)

When House Speaker David Gowan first came to the Legislature in 2009, the state budget was more than $3 billion in the hole. Seven years later, as Gowan prepares to enter his final year at the Capitol, the budget is nearly balanced and the state has a surplus and money in the rainy day fund.

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The joys and perils of a government-sponsored road trip

In a 3,600-word article, the Capitol Times this morning reported on the unusually high use by House staffers and legislators of state cars, which they have rented at the House’s expense. Strict rules govern the use of state fleet vehicles, which state employees and officials can rent for official purposes.

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