Conflicts of Interests Acts, State & Local Government & General Assembly, etc.; lobbyist reporting

Bill

Status

Senate: Presented and ordered printed 16104228D Senate: Referred to Committee on Rules Senate: Reported from Rules with substitute (14-Y 0-N) Senate: Committee substitute printed 16105517D-S1 Senate: Incorporates SB738 Senate: Incorporates SB213 Senate: Incorporates SB304 Senate: Incorporates SB657 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) Senate: Read second time Senate: Reading of substitute waived Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 16105517D-S1 Senate: Reading of amendment waived Senate: Amendment by Senator Norment agreed to Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment SB692ES1 Senate: Printed as engrossed 16105517D-ES1 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) Senate: Passed Senate (29-Y 11-N) House: Placed on Calendar House: Read first time House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice House: Assigned Courts sub: Ethics House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 0-N) House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) House: Committee substitute printed 16105707D-H1 House: Read second time House: Read third time House: Committee substitute agreed to 16105707D-H1 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB692H1 House: Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTES (96-Y 0-N) House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N) Senate: House substitute rejected by Senate (4-Y 36-N) House: House insisted on substitute House: House requested conference committee Senate: Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N) House: Conferees appointed by House Senate: Senators: Norment, McDougle, Saslaw Conference: Amended by conference committee Senate: Conference substitute printed 16106366D-S2 House: Conference report agreed to by House (96-Y 2-N) House: VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 2-N) Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N) 03/25/16 Senate: Enrolled Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB692ER) House: Signed by Speaker Senate: Signed by President Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/28/16 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016 Senate: Governor's recommendation received by Senate Senate: Senate rejected Governor's recommendation (14-Y 24-N) Senate: Communicated to Governor

Date Updated

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

VPA Position

Description

Lobbyist reporting, the State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act, the General Assembly Conflicts of Interests Act, and the Ethics Advisory Council; annual filing of required disclosures; separate report of gifts; food and beverages; definition of gift. Requires the disclosure forms filed by lobbyists and persons subject to the conflict of interests acts to be filed annually. Lobbyists are required to file by July 1 for the preceding 12-month period complete through the last day of April. Persons subject to the conflict of interests acts are required to file on or before January 15. The bill contains technical amendments to reflect the change in filing cycles. The bill also requires the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, members of the Governor's Cabinet, and members of the General Assembly to file on or before May 1 a separate report of gifts received during the regular session of the General Assembly. The bill also exempts from the definition of a gift the following: (i) any gift with a value of less than $20; (ii) any food or beverage associated with an event that is accepted or received while in attendance at such event; (iii) any gift, including travel, from certain nonpartisan legislative organizations to a legislator or an officer or employee of the legislative branch if the legislator, officer, or employee is a member of such organization by virtue of his office or employment; and (iv) any gift, including travel, from a charitable organization to a legislator or an officer or employee of the legislative branch if such organization has been approved by the Joint Rules Committee of the General Assembly to make gifts. The bill also prohibits the name of a legislative or executive official, or a member of his immediate family, who attends a reportable entertainment event from being disclosed by a principal if that official reimburses the principal for, or otherwise pays for, his attendance, or the attendance of a member of his immediate family, at the entertainment event. Reimbursement shall be calculated using the average value for each person attending the event. The bill also raises the threshold for what gifts need to be reported from $50 to $100. Finally, the bill provides that the orientation and refresher sessions conducted for members of the General Assembly by the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council shall last no more than two hours. Under current law, the refresher session must last at least two hours and there is no durational requirement for the orientation session. This bill incorporates SB 213, SB 304, SB 657, and SB 738.

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