New Virginia Ethics Laws Take Effect Tomorrow; More Changes May Come in 2015
Those active in Virginia politics should note that portions of Virginia’s new ethics law take effect tomorrow, July 1, 2014, including the new $250 annual limit on “tangible” gifts from lobbyists and government contractors.
Governor Terry McAuliffe has said that this is not the end of ethics reform in Virginia. Earlier this month, he used his line-item veto to defund the newly-created ethics commission. He explained that he thought the new laws were too weak and it was not worth creating the commission because he plans to introduce another, tougher ethics bill in the 2015 General Assembly session.
In addition to the new law, Virginia’s executive order on ethics also remains in effect.