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SB 1289 State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act, General Assembly Conflicts of Interests Act.

Introduced by: Adam P. Ebbin | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act, General Assembly Conflicts of Interests Act; Virginia Independent Commission on Ethics established; penalty. Establishes the Virginia Independent Commission on Ethics (the Commission), an independent ethics commission authorized to (i) prescribe, receive, and review all disclosure forms required by the State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act, the General Assembly Conflicts of Interests Act, and the lobbying laws; (ii) conduct annual audits of those disclosure forms and work with the State Board of Elections and local electoral boards to conduct random audits of campaign finance reports; (iii) issue advisory opinions; (iv) grant waivers for certain gifts; (v) investigate alleged violations of the State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act, the General Assembly Conflicts of Interests Act, and the lobbying laws; and (vi) refer certain violations to the appropriate authority for prosecution. The Commission replaces the current legislative Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council and the House of Delegates and Senate Ethics Advisory Panels. The bill also prohibits persons subject to the Conflicts of Interests Acts from receiving any single or combination of tangible gifts with a value in excess of $100 and any single or combination of intangible gifts with a value in excess of $250, but exempts gifts received at a widely attended event or gifts for which a waiver has been granted by the Commission. This bill was incorporated into SB 1424.


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