Colo. lawmakers consider travel spending limits

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Colorado lawmakers are considering a measure that would restrict the travel of state-chartered agencies.

Rep. Sal Pace says the bill is aimed at the workers’ compensation insurer Pinnacol Assurance, which spent thousands of dollars on a golf outing for executives. But other agencies that use taxpayer dollars are complaining that the Pueblo Democrat’s proposed rules are too strict.

The bill is set to be heard Thursday by the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.

Pace says several state-chartered agencies including colleges, school boards and hospitals say they can’t live with the tighter rules.

The bill (House Bill 1211) would cap per diem expenses at twice the rate allowed by the Internal Revenue Service.