State Government

Ethics Questions: Reconsidering the Rules on Gifts

Apr 25, 2016
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The old saying goes there’s no such thing as a free lunch. But what about elected officials? Should they have to track the value of every meal they are given? 

The case against former Governor Bob McDonnell was that he took things in exchange for official actions, a prosecution that will be heard before the United States Supreme Court this week. That’s why Carl Tobias at the University of Richmond Law School says tightening up on rules about gifts no-brainer.

VA Lawmakers Reconvene for Veto Session

Apr 20, 2016
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Lawmakers are back in Richmond this week to consider Governor Terry McAuliffe’s vetoes and amendments. So far, Republicans in the House have been able to overturn two of the governor but they didn't have the votes on the Senate side. So all the governor's vetoes will stand. 

Since the General Assembly session ended last month, the governor has been on a tour of sorts — wielding his veto pen and issuing a flurry of press releases. Republican House Majority Leader Kirk Cox opened today's veto session by decrying what he called “Washington-style politics” from McAuliffe.

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Many of Virginia’s lawmakers own significant stock in some of the companies that do business with the state including Dominion Power and Altria. 

Deadline Looms for VA's Legislation

Apr 8, 2016
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It's crunch time for Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, who is facing a deadline this weekend. By Monday morning, he'll have to have finished considering all the laws passed by the General Assembly this year.

A Richmond judge has ruled a group of Virginia state senators in contempt of court -- for failing to turn over documents that could be helpful in an ongoing lawsuit.

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