Alabama lawmakers are taking fewer taxpayer-funded trips and are either paying their own way or getting organizations hosting events to pay for their travel, according to state records.
The Decatur Daily reports state representatives have spent about $126,700 on taxpayer-funded travel since taking office four years ago. The figure is down from about $765,100 from the previous quadrennium. Taxpayer-funded travel in the state Senate has also decreased from about $92,300 to about $62,950.
Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard says lawmakers are encouraged to have travel expenses paid for by organizations that are hosting events if they're willing to provide scholarships. Hubbard says the events are generally educational and are mostly nonpartisan or bipartisan.
Some state lawmakers say they also use their campaign budgets or personal money for travel expenses.