ST. PAUL (AP) -- The extra 19 days lawmakers spent at the Capitol this year cost taxpayers $120,770 in daily allowances, lodging and mileage reimbursements.
The special session, which ran from June 11 through June 30, was called to finalize a budget, which lawmakers failed to do during their regular session.
Most of the expense reports were filed soon after adjournment, but some reports weren't available for several months. The House Administrative Services office provided final figures on Friday.
Eighty-five of the 134 House members took per diems -- of up to $56 a day -- totaling $57,691. Lodging costs ran $13,877 and mileage amounted to $15,487.
The Senate reported its total expenses as $33,715. Forty-two of the state's 67 senators took some per diems and/or mileage reimbursements.
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