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Rogers Expense Questions Prompt Repayment

Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers has repaid $8,500 to his campaign account amid questions over how he paid for publications sent to residents in his district.

State records show the Republican lawmaker sought reimbursements from his official expense account to cover the cost of some fliers that his campaign reported paying for. Lawmakers are not supposed to use state-funded mailers for political purposes.

Rogers attorney Doug Chalmers said the lawmaker broke no laws. He said Rogers used campaign funds to pay for publications that were nonpartisan. He said Rogers then sought a reimbursement from the Legislative Fiscal Office. Chalmers said Rogers was making the reimbursement to avoid the appearance of impropriety.

The fiscal office generally instructs lawmakers that payments made with campaign funds cannot be reimbursed by the state.

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