Lame-duck lawmakers (and council members) should stay home

airplanetakeoff2Good for leaders of the Kansas House and Senate for agreeing last week to change the Legislature’s travel reimbursement policies to keep retiring or defeated lawmakers from taking trips at the state’s expense. The policy change, which was suggested by House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, has an exception if the outgoing legislator is an officer of a recognized organization or is asked by legislative leaders to represent Kansas at an event. The Eagle editorial board has raised similar concerns in the past about lame-duck Wichita City Council members going to out-of-state conferences on taxpayers’ dime.