Tag: ethics

Tazewell supervisor Mike Hymes announces for 38th Senate District

Mike Hymes has announced his candidacy for Democratic nomination in the 38th Senate District. The election, a result of Democratic Senator Phillip Puckett’s resignation, will be held August 19th.

Celebrate National Trails Day® at Shenandoah National Park

Celebrate American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® in Shenandoah National Park on Saturday, June 7, 2014.

Quentin Kidd: Response to Emmett Hanger on Medicaid

While certainly not desiring to take anything away from Emmett Hanger’s leadership on Medicaid expansion, the positions in the General Assembly on this issue overwhelmingly fall along party lines.

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Attorney General Mark Herring hits 100-day mark

Today marks 100 days since Mark R. Herring was sworn in as Virginia’s 48th Attorney General.

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Dave Brat calls for investigation into hiring tied to Eric Cantor

Seventh District Republican congressional nomination candidate Dave Brat responded today to the breaking news that the Republican Party of Virginia has hired a political operative as executive director whose firm is apparently under contract with incumbent Congressman Eric Cantor.

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Terry McAuliffe: Get the budget done

As the body responsible for negotiating a budget, the General Assembly has failed to deliver on one of the primary duties they were elected to fulfill.

Ken Plum: Making the grade

At a time when quality reviews and accountability measures result in more activities being given a letter grade, it is appropriate that legislative sessions receive the same treatment.

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Mark Obenshain: Ethics and mental health reform

I want to talk about some of the other work of the General Assembly, most notably in the areas of ethics reform and mental health. Both issues became much more pressing due to the events of 2013; sadly, while we would ideally tackle such issues anticipatorily, it sometimes takes a demonstration of the problem to spur the General Assembly into action.

Creigh Deeds: Reflecting on the 2014 General Assembly session

Every year as the General Assembly session winds down, it’s important to take some time to reflect on the things that have been accomplished, the things yet to accomplish, and perhaps the missed opportunities. With less than a week left before the scheduled adjournment of the 2014 session, a couple of things are clear.

Ken Plum: Crossover

Last week the General Assembly reached the midpoint of its annual session, or crossover as it is called in the legislature. At this time in the calendar, the House of Delegates and the Senate have completed work on the bills that were introduced into the respective houses.

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Kirk Cox: House priorities fare well at crossover

Tuesday was crossover day at the General Assembly – the halfway point of the 2014 Session. At this point the House has passed 944 pieces of legislation; the Senate passed 696. After crossover, each house in the General Assembly may only consider bills that originated in the other house.

House of Delegates passes ethics reform bill

With overwhelming bipartisan support, the House of Delegates passed the House Ethics bill (HB 1211) that would establish a Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council to review disclosure forms, ban gifts of more than $250, and require disclosure of gifts to immediate family members.

State Senate passes ethics reform omnibus bill

On the Senate floor Monday afternoon, Democrats and Republicans joined together to pass SB 649, the omnibus ethics reforms package.

Ken Plum: Overdue ethics reform

The “Virginia way” that has always prided itself on clean government has been sullied. Committees in the House and Senate are at work to tighten up ethics laws for the legislative and executive branches of government.

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Attorney General Mark Herring announces office ethics policy

Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced a new ethics policy that will be applied to employees of the Office of Attorney General, including the Attorney General himself.

Sen. Janet Howell: Democratic response to State of the Commonwealth

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) delivered the Democratic rebuttal to Gov. McDonnell’s final state of the commonwealth address. She highlighted areas where Democrats and Gov. McDonnell worked together, and new opportunities for the future.

Virginia House leaders agree on ethics reforms

The Times-Dispatch in Richmond is reporting that House leaders have reached a deal on sweeping reforms to state ethics, transparency and disclosure laws.

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Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling urges reform of state ethics laws

In advance of the start of the 2014 General Assembly, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling today issued a letter to members of the Senate of Virginia and the Virginia House of Delegates, encouraging them to pass meaningful legislation to strengthen Virginia’s ethics laws this year.

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One Book One Community title announced: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The public has spoken! For the second year in a row community members have chosen the One Book One Community title. The 2014 selection is “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot.

McAuliffe blitzing TV with series of new ads

Still think that campaign money isn’t important at the end of an election cycle? A look at what Terry McAuliffe is doing lately on TV might sway you to think otherwise.

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Virginia Mainstream Project recommends reforms to Virginia’s ethics laws

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling proposed on Monday a series of comprehensive reforms to Virginia’s ethics laws. These changes are designed to enhance Virginia’s ethics laws and begin the process of restoring the confidence of the people of Virginia in their state government.

Speaker announces ethics subcommittee

   Staff Report News tips: freepress2@ntelos.net Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell, R-Stafford, announced today the creation of a special Subcommittee on Ethics to develop an update to the General Assembly’s conflict of interest rules and lead consideration of all bills introduced into the House in the 2010 legislative session relating to conflicts of interest. […]

Democrats introduce ethics reforms

   Staff Report News tips: freepress2@ntelos.net Democrats from the House of Delegates and Senate joined together today to unveil omnibus legislation reforming Virginia’s Conflicts of Interest statute. The legislation was introduced in response to the ethical problems of former lawmaker and ranking Republican member of the House Appropriations Committee, Phil Hamilton, revealed last year. Hamilton […]