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General Assembly approves tighter ethic rules as session comes to an end

General Assembly approves tighter ethic rules as session comes to an end

RICHMOND — After hours of back and forth at the end of a 45-day legislative session, House and Senate negotiators struck a deal on new ethics reforms and brought the 2015 General Assembly session to a close.

The new ethics rules would cap gifts from lobbyists and anyone seeking a business relationship with the state at $100, including meals and travel. That would be a per-gift cap, not an aggregate.

The change, and other new ethics rules, would apply to every elected official in the state

The bill creates a nine-member ethics council to advise elected officials and to review their disclosure reforms before they're released to the public, allowing for changes. The...

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