Jan. 6, 2014
Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling is urging Virginia lawmakers to use the upcoming General Assembly session to reform the state's ethics laws.
Lt. Gov. Bolling issued a letter to members of the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates on Monday, asking them to make changes to address the concerns of some Virginians.
In September of last year, Bolling suggested several changes to ethics reform laws, such as limits on gifts and greater disclosure for gifts to family members. He wants lawmakers to go forward on his suggestions.
“It is important that the General Assembly address this issue this year,” said Lt. Gov. Bolling. “I know there will be a great temptation to ‘nibble around the edges,’ to do as little as possible without making substantive changes to our ethics laws. But that’s not good enough. That won’t solve this problem, and it won’t satisfy the people of Virginia. The people of Virginia are looking to us to provide the leadership that is necessary to address this issue in a meaningful and substantive way. Let’s get it done. Let’s do it now.”
Representatives for Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe have said he plans to sign a gift ban on his first day in office.