I noticed the other day that this year the legislature has not scheduled a "hogville meeting" as they have in the past. Normally, they have at least a couple weekends each fall where they schedule committee meetings in northwest Arkansas the same weekend as Razorback games to allow legislators to collect per diem for the trip. Not so this year – so good job.
However, it seems another practice is going on instead. At least one legislator is planning a campaign event fundraiser in conjunction with a committee meeting in her hometown. Rep. Linda Tyler (D-Conway) sent this email out to legislators last week:
Hope this email finds you all doing well. The Joint Insurance and Commerce Committee will be meeting in Conway on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 and Wednesday, September 28, 2011. My campaign committee happens to be planning a fundraiser at Michelango’s Rooftop on Tuesday evening from 5:30 p.m. til 7:00 p.m. We will have music with Happenstance, good food and beverages. If you happen to be in town, we would love for you to stop by.
Linda S. Tyler
40 Richland Hills Dr.
Conway, AR 72034
I am sure no legislator will be turning in per diem for attending this campaign event – right? Interestingly enough, the chair of the Financial Institutions Subcommittee of the Senate Insurance and Commerce Committee is Tyler’s potential general election opponent, Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Bigelow).