The General Assembly met on April 15 in a reconvened session to act on Governor Terry McAuliffe’s vetoed legislation and recommended amendments.
The vote on the Governor’s ethics amendments was delayed so legislators could better interpret the proposed $100 cumulative cap on gifts. The legislature accepted the $100 cumulative cap on gifts, but clarified the cap as a calendar year limit.
VACo’s efforts to defeat proposed amendments #4 and #18 to the ethics bill were successful. The proposed amendments would have deleted language clearly stating that government-funded travel for government business is not a gift. Thank you to VACo members for weighing in with your delegation to raise objections to the unintended consequences of these amendments.
VACo supported amendment #48 also passed, which clarifies the intent of local filing of disclosures. After debate and disagreement over multiple rejected amendments, both bills passed their respective chambers with a unanimous vote.
Click here to read the joint VACo/VML letter regarding amendments #4, #18 and #48.