McAuliffe proposes amendments to ethics bill

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Gov. Terry McAuliffe has proposed 22 amendments to the ethics bill the legislature passed in its regular session that ended in March.

McAuliffe’s proposed change would require lobbyists to report what they spend on gifts for lawmakers and their families. The bill originally did not require lobbyists to report what they spent on lawmaker’s families. The bill will now go to the General Assembly to approve the governor’s changes.

The ethics bill would limit gifts from lobbyists to $250 per term, but would not prevent lawmakers from accepting expensive trips and meals.

“When I took office, I pledged to build my administration upon a higher standard of transparency and accountability with a $100 gift ban on myself, my family and members of the Executive Branch,” the governor said in a statement Monday evening.

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