Virginia Ethics Bill in House Receiving Scrutiny

By: Charles House II Email
By: Charles House II Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A new ethics bill in the Virginia House is getting criticism.

Many are saying that the bill offers too many loopholes for politicians to accept gifts.

The bill puts a $250 cap on tangible gifts, and no limit on the number of gifts that can be given.

The bill also permits intangible gifts, such a dinners, trips, and special events.

One political analyst tells us up to 90 percent of political gifts would be intangible.

"The idea that Virginians want transparency and not restricts is what the legislature wants to believe, where as clearly public opinion polls indicate citizens want the gifts stopped," said Bob Roberts a political science professor at JMU.

The bill is seen as a reaction to the McDonnell scandal, in which gifts with a much higher value than the new bill's cap were accepted.


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