Democratic and Republican leaders in the House of Delegates have announced a bipartisan package of reforms to Virginia’s ethics and disclosure laws. Loopholes in current state policies came to light last year following news reports of gifts given to Governor McDonnell and his family by Star Scientific’s former CEO, Jonnie Williams. As Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, the proposal aims to correct those deficiencies without an absolute ban on giving OR receiving.
Senate Republican Leader Tommy Norment also attended the news conference to support the ethics reform package. Senate Democratic Caucus Leader Donald McEachin did not endorse it, but said it provides a good template for future deliberations.