Ethics Legislation Passed in Virginia - State and Federal Communications

February 11, 2015  •  

Ethics Legislation Passed in Virginia

Virginia CapitolThe House of Delegates and Senate each passed versions of ethics reform bills targeting gifts to lawmakers. Both chambers and the governor have agreed on a $100 limit, including meals and travel, as well as the creation of a bipartisan commission to advise members and issue waivers for travel exceeding the limit.

The governor, however, proposed the commission be given subpoena and audit power while the Senate favors the power to inspect records and issue civil penalties. The House version does not include either provision.

Certain lawmakers are concerned the commission, if given too much power, will only serve as a vehicle for political retribution. The House and Senate, in the coming weeks, will work towards a compromise to send to Gov. McAuliffe.

Photo of the Virginia State Capitol by Varmin on Wikimedia Commons.

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