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House Per Diems Increased for Washington State Lawmakers

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OLYMPIA, WA - Washington State lawmakers in the state House are receiving an extra $30 a day to be in Olympia, and they have been since the beginning of the year. 

Deputy Chief Clerk Bernard Dean says the decision to increase lawmakers' daily stipend or per diem from $90 a day to $120 a day was made last month, and took effect retroactively back to January 1st.

Dean says the increased rate is still lower than the $155 daily rate that state employees can claim when they travel to Thurston County.

House per diem rates have been $90 since 2005, except for a two-year period - 2007 through 2008 when it was $100.

Secretary of the Senate Hunter Goodman says the Senate has not made any changes to its per diem policy, though its members are aware of the changes made in the House.

Excluding leadership positions, a state lawmaker's salary is $42,106 a year, plus the per diem for expenses incurred when they're at the Capitol.