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Comment from Gail Crowley, Communications Director for the Ohio House of Representatives

“Historically, the Ohio House has reimbursed out-of-town members for mileage to and from their
respective districts. The House, however, has not provided any support for the cost of lodging. Recent
changes in federal law have prompted the House to revise its policy on this issue.

Previously, out-of-town members were allowed a federal income tax deduction for lodging. Changes in
federal tax law, however, have suspended all miscellaneous itemized deductions, including
unreimbursed travel expenses for state legislators.

Under this new House policy, members residing 60 miles or more from the Statehouse may receive up a
reimbursement of up to $65 per day for lodging expenses for each day a standing committee or standing
subcommittee on which that member serves and each day on which a voting session occurs. Members
will have to provide receipts and complete an expense report in order to be eligible for reimbursement.

The cost will vary depending on the number of days on which voting sessions and/or committee
hearings that are held.”