Lawmaker Per Diem Hike Clears Colorado Senate

DENVER (AP) – A Colorado bill that includes more money for rural lawmakers awaits the governor’s signature.

The Colorado Senate approved the measure 21-13 Wednesday with little debate. It has already passed in the House.

The bill is an accounting measure for the legislative branch, but it includes a scheduled increase of $33 a day for lawmakers living 50 miles or more from Denver. Some lawmakers from both parties voted against the accounting bill to show their disapproval of the per diem hike.

The measure now awaits only the signature of Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, who has said the per diem hike is the “right thing to do.”

LINK: House Bill 1301

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