LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers are planning a committee meeting to coincide with a football game at Fayetteville. The move is prompting complaints that taxpayers are footing the bill for pigskin, not policy.
The Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Legislative Council's higher education subcommittee plan to meet Nov. 4 and 5 in Fayetteville to discuss college textbook prices. Sen. Sue Madison says she scheduled the meeting so lawmakers who are going to the Razorbacks' game and University of Arkansas administrators could attend.
Lawmakers who live more than 50 miles away from Fayetteville can receive $123 a day for attending the meeting and 51-cents per mile traveled.
State Rep. James McLean of Batesville on Friday criticized the decision to schedule the meeting around the Arkansas-South Carolina game as "ridiculous."
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