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No more free food for California’s state senators

Under fire for spending $111,316 in taxpayer funds to feed themselves this year, state senators have decided to end the practice.

All members of the upper house will be billed $2,000 a year to pay for stocking the coffee room and to cover their meal expenses when sessions extend into the lunch or dinner hour, said Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento).

The five-member Senate Rules Committee, which Steinberg chairs, voted Tuesday to implement the new system.

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-- Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times