House, Senate won't pay travel expenses

Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2008

JUNEAU - If lawmakers want to participate in Gov. Sarah Palin's natural gas pipeline informational presentations next month in Anchorage, they will have to foot the bill.

House Speaker John Harris and Senate President Lyda Green said the state will not cover travel and lodging expenses for lawmakers to attend the briefing in Anchorage, scheduled May 28-30.

Harris said money should not be spent on discussions that ultimately will take place in the special session that will begin just one week later in Juneau.

Lawmakers, however, do have separate office accounts they can use for the trip.

The special session will be devoted to discussions of a gas pipe line, and is expected to include much of what Palin's gas line team will discuss in Anchorage.

The administration is deciding whether to recommend awarding a license to TransCanada Corp. to build a gas line.

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