CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The four state legislators who live in Putnam County collected widely varying amounts of expense money during the recent 60-day regular session.
Democrat Brady Paxton, a longtime member of the House of Delegates, collected more than $8,000.
The other three Putnam lawmakers, all Republicans, claimed far less.
Sen. Mike Hall was next at $3,729, followed by Delegate Troy Andes at $2,365. Newly elected Sen. Chris Walters sought no expense reimbursement.
Members of the state Legislature receive annual salaries of $20,000 each. In addition they may seek reimbursement for expenses within certain guidelines.
Unless they choose to commute, legislators can receive $131 per day to cover lodging, meals and other expenses during the 60-day regular session. They also can collect mileage payments for one round trip home each week, at 47 cents per mile.
Lawmakers who commute can claim up to $55 a day for expenses plus mileage, but their payments cannot exceed $131 a day.
None of the 11 House of Delegates members or three state senators who live in Kanawha County claimed expenses during the session.
Paxton apparently stayed in Charleston rather than commute from his home in Liberty about 30 miles from the Capitol Complex. He collected $357 in mileage plus $7,860, the maximum allowed, for other expenses during the 60-day session.
Andes, who lives in Hurricane about 28 miles from the Capitol, collected $2,365 for expenses but did not claim mileage costs.