In an effort to curb per diem abuse by state lawmakers, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Friday, announced reforms to the chamber’s travel policy.

The new requirements apply to travel reimbursements sought when session is not scheduled in Albany. If a lawmaker wants to claim expenses for more than 30 trips during that time, they’ll have to seek approval from the Speaker.

Under federal regulations, lawmakers are allotted $172 for a full day for food, lodging and costs related to the trip. They’re allowed $61 for a partial day per diem.

The new regulations limit off-session trips to 30. Lawmakers can claim a full-day per diem for only 20 of those trips. Legislative duties, like public hearings, are excluded.

Heastie said in a statement that the reforms come in response to calls for greater transparency at the capitol.

“Shortly after I was elected Speaker, my colleagues and I pledged to review the Assembly travel per diem policy,” Heastie said in a statement. “Today, we’re delivering on our promise, consistent with legislation enacted during the budget process, and instituting new rules that will apply to members when the Assembly is not in session.  We believe these new policies will provide increased transparency and greater accountability to the process by which members are reimbursed for their actual travel expenses.”

These new guidelines build on reforms released by Heastie last month. Under those rules, lawmakers are now required to electronically prove they were in Albany for business through voting in committee and using swipe machines in the state plaza’s Legislative Office Building.

For travel reimbursements, lawmakers must also provide documented proof, like toll records and receipts from hotels and restaurants that show they were in Albany at the time.

This comes after a third lesser-talked about scandal came to a bitter end for one Assemblyman this session. Former Queens Assemblyman William Scarborough plead guilty to charges of per diem abuse in federal court last month.