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made it cost-prohibitive to utilize," Malone said.

Omaha, Neb., and Washington, D.C., 2008

From Dec. 3-14, 2008, Malone traveled to two different conferences in one trip.

First, he went to the Council of State Governments Annual Meeting in Omaha. Then he went to Washington, D.C., for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators Annual Conference.

The total trip cost $4,292.75.

Obama Inauguration

Malone attended - and participated in - the inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., Jan. 18-25, 2009.

He was invited because he was one of the Democratic delegates to the convention that nominated Obama as the Democratic candidate.

However, he also was the only Virgin Islands representation in the inaugural parade. Malone rode on a float, waving a Virgin Islands flag.

"I thought that was good exposure for the territory," Malone said.

The trip cost $1,873.10.

Philadelphia, 2009

Malone attended a National Black Caucus of State Legislators meeting from July 23-26, 2009 in Philadelphia.

The trip cost $2,618.70.

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 2009

Malone went to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from Nov. 27 to Dec. 6, 2009, for the 33rd Annual National Black Caucus of State Legislators Conference.

The trip cost $3,326.48.

"This is among the mandatory meetings when elections were held. The annual meeting is the conference I've been lobbying to bring to the Virgin Islands in the near future," Malone said.

San Diego, 2009

Malone traveled to San Diego, Calif., from Dec. 8-13, 2009, for a National Conference of State Legislators.

The trip cost $2,220.55.

Part of the expense records included $47.79 for dry cleaning services at the hotel in Ft. Lauderdale.

"I became very ill at the hotel and was hospitalized as a result of food poisoning. The laundry bill was never brought to my attention, and if the Legislature did indeed pay this expense, I will reimburse the institution accordingly," Malone said.

Washington, D.C., 2010

Malone traveled to Washington, D.C., from March 16-18, 2010, to attend the Congressional hearing about the proposed V.I. constitution.

The trip cost $1,292.87.

"I was the primary mover of the legislation for our Constitutional Convention, and I attended congressional hearings on the proposed constitution. It has been overshadowed by our more immediate crisis, but self-determination and overall government reform remains critical to the territory," Malone said.

New York and Miami, 2010

From May 18-24, 2010, Malone traveled to New York and Miami.

The total trip cost was $3,982.67.

In New York, he attended the Council of State Government 2010 Economic Summit of the States.

In Miami, he met with Larry Hanfield, the state commissioner of the Florida Ethics Commission. Malone said he has ownership of a bill to strengthen the ethics laws in the territory.

Gettysburg, Pa.; Miami and Uncasville, Conn., 2011

Malone traveled to Gettysburg, Pa., from March 13-18, 2011, to meet with the Gettysburg Film Office.

"I met with officials related to the film tax credit bill - they have preserved their historic town for the purpose of film shoots and have many incentives for production companies. I co-sponsored legislation soon after to increase incentives for video and film production in the territory," Malone said.

The legislation was signed into law by Gov. John deJongh Jr. in February.

Malone then went to Miami for Seatrade from March 18-21.

After that, he went to Uncasville, Conn., for a Council of State Government Conference from March 18-21.

"During this conference, we met with potential developers, including the owners of Williams & Punch, and learned of financing difficulties. As a result, I held hearings on this issue and shepherded the Hotel Financing Act through the legislative process," Malone said.

The total cost of the three-city trip was $4,784.71.

Miami 2011

Staff members Corneiro-Todman and Shanika Garnett traveled to the Miami Angel and Venture Capital Conference from Feb. 16-19, 2011.

The trip cost $3,021.55.

Washington, D.C., and New York, 2011

Malone traveled to New York and Washington, D.C., from July 27-31, 2011.

The total cost of the trip was $1,260.64.

In Washington, he met with Interior Department officials about the territory's participation in a pilot project with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Malone is the Senate's liaison to the Interior Department.

In New York, he gave opening remarks at V.I. Fashion Week.

San Antonio, 2011

Malone traveled to San Antonio, Texas, from Aug. 7-14, 2011, for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators Legislative Summit.

The trip cost $3,147.19.

"This meeting focused heavily on economic forecasts and the potential for new revenue through Internet taxes. States and territories are working together to recoup taxes on merchandise purchased online. There was also a mandatory meeting of NBCSL executive committee," Malone said.

Washington, D.C., 2011

Malone attended an executive committee meeting of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators from Sept. 22-26, 2011.

The trip cost $924.10.

The conference was subsidized, and only the airfare was paid for by the taxpayers, Malone said.

Seattle, 2011

Oct. 19-23, 2011, Malone traveled to Seattle for the Council of State Government Annual Meeting.

The trip cost $2,110.

Washington, D.C., 2011

Malone traveled from Nov. 8-10, 2011, to the African American Policy Conference on an invitation from the White House.

The trip cost $736.75.

"This was a White House briefing on education and agriculture issues resulting in new information on grants and other assistance available to the territory, which I do my best to disseminate to the public. In this case, the Legislature only paid for a plane ticket," he said.

Chicago, 2011

Malone traveled to Chicago from Dec. 7-11, 2011, for an National Black Caucus of State Legislators Annual Meeting.

The trip cost $1,364.62.

Washington, D.C., 2012

Malone traveled to Washington, D.C., from Jan. 6-8, 2012, for the Agricultural Chair Summit.

The trip cost $678.65.

"The State Agriculture Rural Leaders paid for the hotel and plane tickets in order to provide updates on the new Farm Bill and how it will impact farmers throughout United States," Malone said.

Washington, D.C., 2012

From March 23-25, Malone traveled to Washington, D.C., for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and National Medical Association Annual National Colloquium on African American Health.

The trip cost $340.

"Nearly all expenses for this conference were covered by the National Colloquium on African American Health. At this conference, we learned how Obama Care would impact the Virgin Islands. As a result, we determined if we moved the Medical Assistance Program from Human Services to Health we would be eligible for more federal funding, and this has been accomplished," Malone said.

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