(CN) – Minnesota legislators can increase their daily allowance for living expenses without violating the state Constitution, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled.
Until 2007, legislators received $66 per day for living expenses. At that time, the Legislature voted to increase that total to $77 for House members and $96 for senators.
Citizens for the Rule of Law challenged the increase in court, citing the constitutional prohibition on same-term legislative pay increases.
The trial court ruled that the per diem increases do not violate that rule, and the appeals court affirmed the decision.
“Legislative per-diem payments are not compensation within the meaning of … the Minnesota Constitution,” Judge Klaphake wrote.