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Virginia lawmakers approve new gift limit rules

RICHMOND State lawmakers on Friday unanimously approved new limits on gifts from lobbyists and agreed to seek approval for lobbyist-funded trips worth more than $100. Under a rewrite to state law, members of the General Assembly voted to limit lobbyists' gifts to $100. They also established an annual, aggregate cap of $100 per lobbyist, an amendment by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Virginia Del. Morrissey completes jail term

RICHMOND Del. Joseph Morrissey, Virginia's notorious legislator by day and inmate by night, on Tuesday completed a jail term stemming from his relationship with a 17-year-old receptionist at his law office. Morrissey, I-Henrico, served a three-month work release sentence, which coincided with the 2015 legislative session, on a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Critics decry perceived loopholes in ethics bill

RICHMOND One of the signature pieces of legislation from the General Assembly - an ethics bill approved in the final minutes of the annual session - leaves significant loopholes, according to two groups calling for stricter limits on gifts to lawmakers.

Assembly postpones start of athletic fees cap

A bill designed to slow the rise in athletic fees for students at Virginia's 15 public colleges would go into effect a year later than planned if it becomes law. The change to the bill sponsored by Del. Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights was the result of negotiations last week between the House and Senate.

Virginia ethics bill came close to a collapse

RICHMOND Senate Republicans were ready to sink an ethics reform bill they thought was flawed until House Speaker William Howell threatened to shame them publicly if they passed nothing, participants in Friday's last-minute negotiations said.

Assembly season ends with another nod toward ethics

RICHMOND With the banging of a gavel, the 2015 General Assembly session came to a close late Friday after a frantic race to finish changes to a bill capping the value of gifts lawmakers can accept from lobbyists.

Va. General Assembly approves ethics reform plan

RICHMOND The Virginia General Assembly passed an ethics-reform package Friday night, lowering the gift limit for public officials to $100 per gift, including meals and travel. The Senate approved the legislation 36-0, and the House of Delegates 92-0, shortly before adjourning the annual legislative session.

Blog: Va. delegates dole out mock 'sensitivity caucus' awards

RICHMOND In an annual tradition of good-natured razzing, the Virginia House of Delegates’ “sensitivity caucus” doled out a series of comedic awards to the chamber’s members this afternoon.

McAuliffe signs bill on marijuana oil for epilepsy

Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed off on bills Thursday allowing people with severe epilepsy to use marijuana oils to treat seizures. The legislation came as welcome relief to Virginia Beach mom Tracie Thomas, whose son Caleb, 12, is in a clinical trial for just such a product. Thomas, Caleb and his brother Austin were on hand for the governor's ceremonial signing.

McAuliffe defends signing Dominion bill

RICHMOND Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday defended his signing of a bill that put a timeout on the state's ability to adjust Dominion Virginia Power's electric rates if the company earns too much profit.

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