Missouri state Rep. Beth Low said Wednesday she will introduce a bill that would deny per diem payments to Missouri lawmakers on days when they make only procedural votes in their chambers.
The Kansas City Democrat frankly said her proposal was in response to the inaction of the House since the session began Jan. 3 The House has not started moving on legislation because Republican leaders have not yet brought rules to the floor for approval, a necessary step before lawmakers can take up bills.
Her bill would require a lawmaker to cast at least one vote every day to collect the $79.20 per diem, and that couldn't include simple quorum votes and votes to approve the House journal that occur each day. Low said that if her bill were law today, taxpayers would have already saved $103,277.
“It is outrageous that the House hasn’t done an iota of meaningful work two weeks after convening,” Low said. “House leadership had ample time to get the rules ready for a vote on the first day of session so we could immediately begin the jobs voters sent us here to do. The way things are going right now, taxpayers clearly are getting ripped off."
Posted by Tim Hoover