Members of the state Assembly who stay overnight in Madison will get their daily expense reimbursements increased by 56 percent, while those who commute back to their home districts will see a 22 percent reduction in per diem rates.
The Assembly’s Organization Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to raise the per-diem reimbursements for overnight stays from $88 to $138, while cutting the allowances to $69 for those who make day trips to the state Capitol.
The panel has five Republicans and three Democrats, and its action does not require full Assembly approval.
The Senate is not changing its standard per diems of $88 a day, or $44 for those living close to Madison. Both houses had those reimbursement rates since 2001.