At the beginning of each legislative day, the legislature conducts a Roll Call to see which members are present, as members are paid a per diem to cover their daily expenses. If a member is absent, they do not get paid. Below is the Roll Call for Thursday, January 19, 2017.
Representative Bubba Carpenter (R-Burnsville) has a history of embarrassing gaffes and double-dipping taxpayer money for expenses on trips to Florida. Here he goes again. Representative Carpenter appears to have had someone answer for him at the Roll Call while he was up in Washington DC for the Presidential inauguration.
Carpenter was not alone, and the free taxpayer money didn't stop there. Freshman Representative Noah Sanford (R-Collins) was also in Washington using taxpayers' dollars to pay for his vacation while Senators Sally Doty (R-Brookhaven), Rita Parks (R-Corinth), and Joey Fillingane (R-Sumrall) did not have someone answer the Roll Call for them.
Last, but not least, is Representative Chris Brown (R-Nettleton) who took his family up to Washington for all of the festivities while simultaneously being voted present at the House.