AP: Lawmakers got fixes at taxpayers' expense, then bought cars

SACRAMENTO - At least a dozen California lawmakers repaired or upgraded their state-provided vehicles at taxpayers' expense in the final weeks before the one-of-its-kind perk was ending, then later bought those vehicles for personal use.

They ranged from cosmetic changes to billing the state thousands of dollars for fresh tires, multipoint inspections and new parts.

Maintenance records obtained by The Associated Press show some had the vehicles they would soon buy inspected at no cost to them, while others had last-minute work done under warranty.

Senate and Assembly officials say they did not ask lawmakers to have their vehicles repaired or upgraded before the state sold them a year ago. The sale was the last step in ending a program that had been criticized as an unreasonable benefit for legislators.

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