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Arizona House Strengthens Travel Reimbursement Policy

The Arizona House of Representatives has created a new travel policy, after a newspaper questioned trips taken by top Republican lawmakers. 

The  Arizona Capitol Times reports the policy change followed the paper’s analysis of an increase of state vehicle use. The new policy contains new requirements and stipulates that only travel for "official business" will be reimbursed. That excludes traveling to political events, like the ones the newspaper reported House Speaker David Gowan attended last year, using state cars and a state-employed driver.

Gowan repaid the state more than $12,000 for reimbursements he claimed for those trips and for days he said he worked but did not.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Stina Sieg was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2013 to 2018.