(a) There shall be paid in equal biweekly installments an annual expense allowance of:
(1) $30,000 per annum to each member of the Senate and House of Representatives; and
(2) $40,000 per annum to the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives.
(b) This allowance is for the purpose of defraying expenses relating to or resulting from the discharge of their official duties. An accounting of the expenditures incurred by the member is not required.
Unless the member so elects, the allowance provided in this section is not income and the member is not required to report the amount of the allowance as income for tax purposes. A member may not subsequently claim the allowance as non-income once the election has been made to designate it as taxable income.History: 2001, PL 27-4, 2005, PL 29-2; 2008, PL 30-30.