As of Wednesday, April 4, 2012
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ATLANTA (AP) A high-ranking Georgia lawmaker has reimbursed the state nearly $800 after facing questions about whether he was improperly paid for in-state work while dining out-of-state with lobbyists.Financial records show Republican Sen. Don Balfour of Snellville wrote two checks last month to pay back the state for daily expenses and mileage claimed in 2011.
Balfour, who chairs the Senate Rules Committee, did not return calls seeking comment.
In one instance, Balfour paid back expenses he claimed while working on legislative business on Aug. 4 and Aug. 5. A Georgia Power lobbyist reported paying for a tour that Balfour took in New Orleans on Aug. 5.
Lawmakers cannot get paid from their expense accounts for out-of-state work.
The website Atlanta Unfiltered first reported on the overlap of Balfour's trips and expenses.