Bill Summary for H 1123 (2015-2016)

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May 11 2016

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View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
House Bill 1123 (Public) Filed Tuesday, May 10, 2016
AN ACT TO INCREASE LEGISLATOR SUBSISTENCE AND TRAVEL ALLOWANCES TO MATCH 2015 IRS RATES, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM EVALUATION OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.
Intro. by Horn, Carney, Hurley, Goodman.

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Identical to S 835, filed 5/10/16.

Amends GS 120-3.1, effective on the convening of the 2017 General Assembly, concerning the subsistence and travel allowances for members of the General Assembly, deleting language that set prior calculation of allowance rates to rates set by the IRS or found in the Federal Register from the early 1990s. New language sets weekly travel allowance for each week or fraction thereof to be calculated using the business standard mileage rate set by the IRS in IR-205-137, on December 17, 2015. Updates the subsistence allowance for lodging to the rate allowed in 80 Federal Register 52753, September 1, 2015. Allows members to elect to receive an allowance of $59 a day for meals (was, $26) plus lodging expenses instead of taking the calculated amounts. Makes conforming changes.

Appropriates from the General Fund to the General Assembly $1.4 million for the 2016-17 fiscal year to be used for legislator subsistence and travel allowances. Effective July 1, 2016.

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