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PORT ALLEN- A state lawmaker set the record straight after she was mentioned as having conversations with the mayor about city business while in Washington, D.C. for the president's inauguration.

"There was no meeting," Rep. Pat Smith (D-Baton Rouge) told WBRZ News 2 Thursday evening. "This was a reception, and I don't call a reception a meeting."

Smith was reacting to comments made by Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter. Slaughter said she traveled to the nation's capital on city business as Barack Obama was being sworn-in as president. She said she met with lawmakers including Sen. Mary Landrieu and also mentioned Smith.

Slaughter's trip cost about $2400, which she billed the city for.

Despite the senator's office having no record of any official meeting, Slaughter said business was discussed.

"You can have a meeting when you are talking to people," Slaughter said.

Smith said she used her personal reward points from credit cards and air miles to attend the inauguration, and did not use public money for her trip.

Slaughter said previously she was not going to reimburse taxpayers for the trip but said she would have a press conference to announce what was discussed in Washington, D.C. soon.


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