Citizens for the Rule of Law has filed a lawsuit challenging the Minnesota state legislature's policy regarding "per diem compensation." "Per diem compensation" is what state legislators receive daily beyond salary and housing and mileage reimbursement.
The lawsuit claims constitutional and statutory violations. Minnesota's Constitution requires an intervening election before a compensation increase can take effect. Minnesota's Constitution and state statutes require that compensation be prescribed by law and the Senate and House may, individually, only reimburse actual expenses.
In 2007, the Senate voted an immediate per diem compensation increase from $66 to $96 per day. Similarly, the House Rules Committee voted an immediate per diem compensation increase from $66 to $77 per day.
Citizens for Rule of Law see this as constitutional and statutory abuses of the expense accounts.
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