Rep. Holmes Says Hubbard Secretly Reimbursed Lawmakers' Travel Expenses
State Representative Alvin Holmes of Montgomery accuses House Speaker Mike Hubbard of secretly reimbursing expenses for more than 40 trips house members took. Holmes says Hubbard had said no trips made between June and September would be reimbursed.
Holmes says he's counted 48 in-state and out-of-state trips that lawmakers were reimbursed for between June 8 and September 30. He says that's roughly $7,000 that taxpayers covered after Hubbard sent out an email in June stating no members will be approved for any trips.
He says as required by law of the Code of Alabama, "legislators who live outside Montgomery, but travel to the State House for committee meetings and other routine business associated with their office have had their mileage and associated expenses paid."
Hubbard also stated that Holmes' news conference "insults the intelligence of Alabama's citizens and smacks of the politics of the past that voters here have rejected."
Holmes has asked each of the lawmakers who were reimbursed what was the purpose of their trip, but he says he hasn't heard back.
He says he doesn't know if any of those lawmakers took their trip before June, and turned in their receipts after Hubbard sent out the email.