Published: Friday, Nov. 26, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

At least one lawmaker who attended Maui confab did it out of his own pocket – $4,000 worth

What’s it worth to fly to Maui to join legislative colleagues and Capitol interests in a weeklong conference mixing business with tropical pleasure?

Nearly $4,000, perhaps.

That’s what Sen. Bill Emmerson paid out of his own pocket for airfare, lodging and vehicle rental, receipts show.

The nonprofit California Independent Voter Project said it bankrolled much of the trip for legislators, but Emmerson said he was an exception.

The Redlands Republican insisted upon going on his own dime – in fact, about 40,000 of them. But sandy Polo Beach and breathtaking Hawaii ambience?


– Jim Sanders


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