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W.Va. Legislature: Differences between travel reimbursement of House of Delegates members consistent

By Steven Allen Adams

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Out of the 70 returning members of the West Virginia House of Delegates, 12 didn’t file for any travel reimbursements in a 12-month period.

According to an analysis of vendor payments submitted to the State Auditor’s Office and available on, the House of Delegates spent more than $734,000 in travel reimbursements for 70 lawmakers between Nov. 1, 2017, and Oct. 31, 2018.

That amount doesn’t include delegates who served during that time, but either resigned, retired or ran for re-election and lost in November.

The House, as well as the Senate, is made up of citizen lawmakers who give up as much as 60 days away from their jobs and families to travel to Charleston to craft legislation. Lawmakers also attend periodic special sessions throughout the year, as well as interim meetings.

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