The Westmont Democrat collected $37,826 for food and lodging from January 2008 through October 2009, more than any other state senator.
The “per diem” reimbursement, which is paid in addition to the senator’s $78,314.66 annual salary, represents 144 days in the capital on legislative business, according to data compiled by the chief clerk of the Senate.
That's $262 a day.
What they should do is build a dorm, with little private rooms that has a desk, TV, computer, phone. Have a cafeteria for them to eat and that's it, take it or leave it.. Anything else comes out of their own pockets.