Monday, March 15, 2010

Lawmakers spend $1,000 per month on taxpayer-funded cars - TwinCities.com

Lawmakers are permitted to spend money from their office expense account — known as a member's representational allowance — on a vehicle. They can use the car for personal use as long as that use is minimal and in the course of the lawmaker's official duties.

At least 10 House members are spending more than $1,000 a month in taxpayer money to lease cars.

Some lawmakers spend far less on leases. Indiana Rep. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat, spends $450 each month. And Rep. David Drier (R-Calif.) spends $366 a month.

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LeRoy City Council challenged over properly posted meetings

Le Roy is a city in McLean County (Bloomington) , Illinois, United States. The population was 3,332 at the 2000 census.

LEROY - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office will be asked for an opinion in a dispute over whether the LeRoy City Council violated the Open Meetings Act by failing to properly post an agenda for its Feb. 15 meeting.

In an opinion that differed from Eisner's, the city's lawyer, Bruce Beal, said this week he does not believe the city violated the law because, even though the agenda was not posted for 48 hours, it was available inside the public building.

If requested, the attorney general's office could provide guidance to the city and local residents on the issue

LeRoy City Council challenged over properly posted meetings