McDonnell Unhappy with Rejected Ethics Bill Change

April 23, 2010

Gov. Bob McDonnell says he's happy more than 90 percent of his amendments to 2010 legislation have been approved. But he's unhappy that lawmakers rebuffed him on some recommendations, particularly those to a legislative ethics inquiry bill.

The Republican governor told reporters late Wednesday that he planned no discretionary vetoes after a one-day reconvened session.

But he left the door open to ditching Democratic Del. Ward Armstrong's bill giving the House and Senate broad authority to investigate ethics charges against their members, even after they resigned.

Armstrong's bill arose from a conflict of interest scandal involving former Republican Del. Philip Hamilton last fall.

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