Type Complaint Opinion 
Date 12/9/2006 
Number 06-10 
Topic Jurisdiction - per diem 
Respondent Rodney Tom 
Question/Complaint
Does the Ethics Act confer jurisdiction on the Board to issue an opinion on the propriety of a legislator receiving per diem during a legislative session on those days he is marked "excused" from voting?
Summary
No.  The Board's jurisdiction is limited to enforcement of RCW42.52 and rules adopted pursuant thereto.  The House and Senate are authorized to pay legislators an amount in lieu of per diem for expenses incurred during a legislative session and that process is authorized in RCW 44.04.  Complaint dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.
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