Pike County legislator had most expenses in 2012

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - An eastern Kentucky lawmaker filed for $22,804 in expense reimbursements last year, the most by any state legislator.

State Rep. Keith Hall of Pike County racked up the expenses over an eight-month period while lawmakers were not in session.

The Courier-Journal reports that Hall, a Democrat, had $3,279 more than any other legislator.

Hall says expenses were high because he drives about 200 miles to Frankfort.

But in some cases, Hall claimed round-trip expenses for mileage and overnight lodging in Frankfort on the same day.

Hall says sometimes he can make two trips in a day.

Jim Waters of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions says many of Hall's long commutes and overnight stays were unnecessary because he was traveling to Frankfort for personal legislative workdays.

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