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Local State Rep. queried on travel exspenses

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Austin – The Associated Press is reporting they've found thousands of dollars in questionable travel expenses accrued by State Representative for District 2 Dan Flynn (R-Van).

The funds include more than $11,000 that were billed both to taxpayers and his political campaign.

According to the AP, Flynn had no immediate explanation for the bills from fancy hotels and other costs, most from out-of-state travel, described as political travel at one agency and then official state business at another.

Flynn, a former bank examiner, has indicated he will audit his own spending habits.

In an email, Flynn told the AP he was confident he had reported the expenditures properly. He also noted that GOP House Speaker Joe Straus has proposed changing ethics policies -- in part to keep lawmakers from double dipping.

Another North Texas lawmaker, GOP Rep. Joe Driver of Garland, acknowledged that for years he collected reimbursements from taxpayers for travel he already had paid for using donated campaign money.

Flynn represents the citizens of Hunt, Rains and Van Zandt counties.