N.S. govt asks for interim report on members expenses within 2-3 weeks

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HALIFAX - The former Speaker of the Nova Scotia legislature has been asked to submit an interim report on allowances and perks for legislative members in wake of the province's spending scandal.
Art Donahoe, who is to submit a full report by July 31, says the request from Premier Darrell Dexter is to have an interim report ready by the next meeting of the board that oversees the regulations on members' expense allowances.
House Speaker Charlie Parker says the internal economy board will likely meet within two to three weeks.
Parker says at that time, the board will be looking at draft regulations around the $84 per diem for members during legislative sittings to eliminate so-called double dipping.
Finance Minister Graham Steele, who is a member of the board, says there is nothing from stopping it from immediately requiring members to submit receipts for all expenses.
Parker says the matter isn't on the agenda yet, but he didn't rule it out.

Geographic location: HALIFAX, Nova Scotia

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