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A countywide special election will take place on August 29, 2017, to fill a vacant at-large school board seat. School board member Jeanette Hough resigned the seat in May. The winner will serve the remainder of Hough’s term, ending December […]

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe approved changes to Virginia’s gift rules this week, marking the fourth consecutive year lawmakers have adjusted ethics provisions. Among other changes, House Bill 1854, and identical Senate Bill 1312, requires lobbyists to send legislators and executive officials […]

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The Virginia General Assembly adjourned the 2017 regular session sine die on Saturday, February 25. A major focus of the short session was the commonwealth’s biennial budget and several bills supporting second amendment rights received strong support from both sides […]

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A special election will be held on February 7, 2017, to fill the House of Delegates District 71 vacancy. The seat became available after Del. Jennifer McClellan won a special election earlier in the month for Senate District 9. District […]

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced he will send the General Assembly a package of proposals aimed at campaign finance and voter law reforms. The campaign finance proposal will seek to ban the personal use of campaign funds and he would like […]

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe has set a special election date to replace members of the General Assembly who were elected to Congress. The election will be held on Jan. 10, 2017. Sen. Tom Garrett, District 22; Sen. A. Donald McEachin, District […]

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Two special elections will take place on the same day as the general election, November 8, 2016, to fill vacancies due to resignations. Del. Monty Mason resigned his House District 93 seat to run to replace the late Sen. John […]

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The Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council has opened up its proposed forms for public comment. The proposed forms include the lobbyist disclosure statement and instructions for fulfilling disclosure requirements. The council was required, pursuant to the passage […]

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The Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council has a new executive director. The General Assembly has appointed Stewart Petoe, an attorney from the state’s crime commission, to fill the position left vacant since May. Chris Piper, Petoe’s successor, […]

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This week the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell, who was convicted on ethics charges in 2014. The Court unanimously ruled the interpretation of bribery law was overly broad and making phone calls and […]

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A special election will be held on November 8 to fill a vacancy in the state Senate. Sen. Kenny Alexander left the seat after being elected mayor of Norfolk on May 3. Alexander’s election, however, occurred too late to hold a […]

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Gov. Terry is the subject of a federal investigation surrounding contributions to his gubernatorial campaign. The Department of Justice is looking into donations received while McAuliffe was a board member of the Clinton Global Initiative, a charitable foundation set up […]

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Last week, Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed Senate Bill 692, approving changes to the state’s ethics laws yet again. Among the changes, lobbyists will only have to file one disclosure report each year, down from two, on July 1 for the […]

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The executive director of the newly formed ethics council in Virginia has been removed from this position. Chris Piper was fired from his post at the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council after some legislators claimed they thought […]

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