|State Sen. Bob Wieckowski and Asm Rob Bonta|
Now, Bonta and Wieckowski's adventures will take them to Australia for answers to California's fight against long-term drought.
The lawmaker's trip is being footed by the California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy, which also paid for the fact-finding trip to Singapore last year, the Sacramento Bee reported.
Other legislators are making the trip to study Australia's response to its 15-year drought, including South Bay Assemblymember Evan Low.
The prevalence of these trips, technically "working vacations," have often worried good government advocates for their potential to sway lawmakers with all-expense paid trips, often to exotic locales. The trips are not cheap, either. The tab from last year's Maui junket, according to each traveler's financial interests report, topped $3,000. (See tweet below)
Bonta and Wieckowski are not the only local officials to rack up frequent flier miles. Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk has attended the infamous Maui junket, even posting a photo of his snorkeling adventure.
Last year, Richmond Assemblymember Tony Thurmond attended the Maui soiree and a few years ago, then-Assemblymember Nancy Skinner attended a junket in Cuba, which included salsa dancing lessons.