Press Release: Sen. Favola Supports Governor On Ethics Amendments
For Immediate Release: Friday April 16th 2015
SEN. FAVOLA SUPPORTS GOVERNOR ON ETHICS: “AMENDMENTS GOOD FOR VIRGINIA”
Richmond, VA – Senator Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) enthusiastically supported Governor McAuliffe’s amendments to the omnibus ethics bill passed by the legislature in March. The legislation requires that all gifts $50 and above must be reported. The amendments seek to restrict gift limits to an accumulative $100 per donor per year. In contrast, the bill as it passed the legislature allowed for successive gifts of up to $100 without the total limit at $100 per year. Due to a technical error that made the $100 read like a lifetime cap on donating, the House and Senate clarified that the $100 limit applies per annum, then voted to uphold the Governor’s amendments.
Senator Favola: “These amendments serve to strengthen our current system against potential corruption and help ensure that public servants are truly accountable to all the residents of Virginia. The bill is not perfect -additional steps need to be taken to strengthen the Ethics Council- but it is a good first step. This legislation will evolve over time as lawmakers and good government groups observe the implementation of this bill.”
The Senate passed the amendments to the ethics legislation unanimously, 37-0. The House companion bill HB 2070 also passed. The amendments will not take affect until January 2016.
Senator Barbara A. Favola represents Virginia’s 31st district, which includes parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties, and a portion of Loudoun County. For the 2015 session, Senator Favola served on the Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Transportation Committees.