With former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell heading to prison for two years, two former Virginia governors are calling for ethics reform in Richmond.
When McDonnell was charged with corruption for accepting gifts, like a head turning Rolex watch, many political watchers in Richmond figured he would escape punishment. That’s because the state’s ethics laws are some of the weakest in the nation, according to watchdog groups.
Governor McAuliffe has unveiled a series of legislative proposals that he says would make Virginia more welcoming to businesses. The governor says his agenda would make the Commonwealth more inviting by guaranteeing equal treatment to ALL individuals under the law.
McAuliffe says all state laws should reflect recent court authorization of same-sex marriage by changing references from “man and woman” or “husband and wife” to “spouse.”
“We needed to make sure that we are open and welcoming and that we are not putting up walls around this great Commonwealth of ours.”
Bills that are being introduced in both the Virginia House and Senate could make a trip to the doctor's office less burdensome. While bills sometimes do not have the input of various stakeholders, THIS legislation is strongly supported by doctors and other medical professionals.
Congress is back in session and some Virginia lawmakers are already causing a stir at the Capitol.
The first day of the congressional session is filled with pomp and circumstance. Vice President Biden poses with senators and House Speaker John Boehner puts on a smile for pictures with the hundreds of members of the lower chamber.
In all that flurry two new lawmakers were sworn in to represent northern Virginia, Democrat Don Beyer and Republican Barbara Comstock. She says the new GOP majorities are rolling up their sleeves.
Virginia’s former governor received a lighter sentence than many legal experts predicted following his corruption trial. Bob McDonnell will serve two years in a federal prison and remain on parole for two years. Sandy Hausman spoke with two men who had kept a close watch on the case.
At George Mason University, Assistant Law School Dean Richard Kelsey had predicted a fairly lenient sentence.