Senate GOP defends lulu payments to renegade Democrats
The state Senate’s Republican majority is defending its practice of paying tens of thousands of dollars in legislative stipends for committee chairmanships to senators who don’t actually hold those posts.
The GOP conference on Saturday night sent out a memo from its counsel, David Lewis, arguing that this year’s payment of the stipends, also known as “lulus,” was done “in accordance with the law and with the state Constitution” and has been consistent with past practice.
Lulus augment the annual base legislative salary of $79,500 with payments for leadership posts including committee chairmanships.
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