Ethics commission advances preliminary recommendations

November 18, 2014

The Commission to Ensure Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government met November 14 and pushed through recommendations that will stiffen Virginia’s ethics laws for state legislators and local elected officials.

The commission proposed a flat $250 limit on any type of gift received by public officials as well as limiting board and commission members from voting on issues directly affecting their interest. The group also recommended forming a bipartisan Ethics Review Commission to oversee and approve gift limits, handle complaints and impose violation penalties.

The 10-member commission, appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe in September, is co-chaired by former Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling and former U.S. Representative Rick Boucher. Fairfax County Chair Sharon Bulova also serves on the commission.

VACo sent a letter to Supervisor Bulova prior to the November 14 meeting outlining county concerns and issues. The commission recognized several of VACo’s points during the meeting. Read the letter.

VACo President Penny Gross also appointed a task force to work aggressively to provide recommendations to the commission and to the General Assembly when it convenes in early January.

The commission’s recommendations will be presented to the governor by December 1.

VACo Contact: Dean Lynch

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