Day 90 was Thursday, which means legislators will go past their limit, as they have in 32 of the past 40 years. Last year’s session went 99 days. But each extra day of the session is estimated to cost taxpayers $45,000.
A list provided by Legislative Administrative Services shows that five of 40 senators and 17 of 125 House members have declined their legislative salaries after 90 days. Two Republican lawmakers – Senator Vicki Schmidt and Representative Shanti Gandhi, both of Topeka – have also declined their per diem.
Representative Brandon Whipple, a Wichita Democrats, tells constituents he’d donate the rest of his salary to charity.