Arizona Lawmakers Recess But Continue Receiving Per Diem Pay

Apr 13, 2020

Members of the Arizona Legislature have recessed indefinitely to slow the spread of COVID-19, but lawmakers continue to receive per diem payments.

Executive Tower at the Arizona State Capitol complex in Phoenix
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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.