Lame Duck Legislators Planning Alaskan Trip at Taxpayer Expense

AUGUST 8, 2004 - Posted at 3:20 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Four legislators who won't be in office when the General Assembly meets in January say they plan to take a trip to Anchorage, Alaska, at taxpayer expense.  The four were barred from running for re-election this year by the state's term limits law.

State Representative Larry Prater of Cedarville says he plans to go to the Council of State Governments meeting at Anchorage next month.  Prater also was reimbursed by the state for his trip to Salt Lake City last month to attend the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Prater says he plans to take his wife with him to Anchorage, but will pay her way.  His wife Janice is running to succeed Prater in the District 83 House seat.

The Energy Council is also meeting next month in Anchorage, and House Speaker Herschel Cleveland of Paris says he'll be there, though he won't be in the House in January because of term limits.  Cleveland also attended the meeting last month in Salt Lake City, also at state expense.

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