RICHMOND — They started with an early promise on ethics reform, then waited to the last day to actually pass a bill.
But in between, this legislature churned through issues large and small. At the end House leaders, Senate leaders and the governor all labeled the session a productive success.
They passed ethics reforms, including a $100 cap on gifts from lobbyists. But they ignored campaign finance reform, including Gov. Terry McAuliffe's suggestion that fundraising be forbidden during special legislative sessions, as it already is during regular sessions.
House Republicans also shot down calls for redistricting reform supported by the Senate.
They approved major...