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Ducey expected to act Monday on 12 remaining bills

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey Arizona Mexico Commission
Posted at 6:57 AM, Jul 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-12 09:57:33-04

PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey faces a Monday deadline to sign or veto a dozen bills remaining on his desk from the legislative session that ended June 30.

Among them is a bill to significantly increase the expense payments for legislators who commute from outside the Phoenix area.

The bill would increase reimbursements for housing and food from $60 a day to $207.

Lawmakers living in Maricopa County would continue to get their current reimbursements of $35.

The tax-free per diem payments come on top of the $24,000 annual salary for lawmakers.

Lawmakers who supported the increase say the per diem hasn't been raised in decades and falls far short of covering expenses.