Arizona Lawmakers Recess But Continue Receiving Per Diem Pay
Members of the Arizona Legislature have recessed indefinitely to slow the spread of COVID-19, but lawmakers continue to receive per diem payments.
The Arizona Republic reports House and Senate staff confirmed that while in-person meetings have ended, legislators will receive payments meant to help cover food, lodging and other expenses while the Legislature meets.
The payments are in addition to their $24,000 salaries.
The per diem daily rate is $35 for Maricopa County lawmakers and $60 for those who commute from elsewhere.
Payments will continue through May 11 unless lawmakers opt out or the Legislature adjourns for the year before then.