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Meals and Lodging

Meal and lodging rates differ depending on whether the travel is in-state or out-of-state. State travel expense reimbursement is not a per diem. An employee must claim the actual expenses incurred for meals and lodging not to exceed the maximum allowable rates. The maximum should not be claimed unless the actual expenditures equal or exceed the maximum allowable rate. The reimbursement limit applies without a carry-over from another day. Texas Administrative Code, Title 34, Part 1, Chapter 5, Subchapter C, Section 5.22

State Employee
An individual employed by a state agency, including a key official. Texas Government Code Section 660.002(20) The term includes prospective state employees and aircraft pilots.