Legislators headed to Europe, Asia, even domestic spots

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP)_Alabama legislators will be globe-trotting this summer, with trips planned to Brussels, Bucharest, Beijing, Taiwan, and Newfoundland.

The travel -- often at taxpayer expense -- also include domestic locations as lawmakers try to match their travel plans to a special session that Governor Riley plans to call to reconsider the state General Fund budget.

In early July, 15 lawmakers plan to ride on an Alabama Air Guard KC-135 jet tanker to tour Belgium, Romania and Germany, in part to visit with Alabama Guard troops based in Europe.

Canada is on legislators' travel agenda because the Energy Council is meeting in late June in St. John's, Newfoundland. The council is an organization of energy-producing states and provinces.

Also this summer, 33 Alabama lawmakers so far have signed up to attend the annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures, scheduled for mid August in Seattle.

Many more lawmakers could attend the Southern Legislative Conference annual meeting, scheduled for July 30th through August third in Mobile.

Five plan to visit Taiwan in mid June and Taiwans' government is paying most of the bill.

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