Conflicts of Interests Acts, State and Local Government & General Assembly; establishes Council. (HB1211)

Introduced By

Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock) with support from co-patrons Del. Rich Anderson (R-Woodbridge), Del. David Ramadan (R-South Riding), and Del. Luke Torian (D-Woodbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act and General Assembly Conflicts of Interests Act; Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council. Establishes the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council composed of 14 members: four appointments each by the Speaker of the House of Delegates, Senate Committee on Rules, and Governor; one designee of the Attorney General and one representative of the Virginia Association of Counties and Virginia Municipal League. The Council will elect its chairman and vice-chairman and choose its executive director. The Council will review and post online the disclosure forms filed by lobbyists and persons subject to the conflict of interests acts and provide formal opinions and informal advice, education, and training. The bill requires the filing of the disclosure forms twice a year. It provides that the Division of Legislative Services will staff the Council, and the House and Senate Clerks will transmit complaints of conflict law violations to the ethics advisory panels of the House of Delegates and Senate. The bill prohibits tangible gifts with a value of more than $250 from lobbyists to certain executive officers and employees and to legislators. A number of disclosure provision thresholds are reduced from $10,000 to $5,000 and gifts to immediate family members are made subject to disclosure. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/17/2014Presented and ordered printed 14103866D
01/17/2014Impact statement from VCSC (HB1211)
01/17/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/21/2014Assigned Courts sub: Ethics
02/07/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
02/07/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2014Committee substitute printed 14104743D-H1
02/08/2014Read first time
02/10/2014Incorporates HB271
02/10/2014Incorporates HB15
02/10/2014Read second time
02/10/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104743D-H1
02/10/2014Pending question ordered
02/10/2014Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1211H1
02/11/2014Read third time and passed House (98-Y 1-N)
02/11/2014VOTE: PASSAGE (98-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2014Impact statement from VCSC (HB1211H1)
02/12/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2014Referred to Committee on Rules
02/14/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB1211H1)
02/28/2014Reported from Rules with substitute (16-Y 0-N)
02/28/2014Committee substitute printed 14105232D-S1
03/03/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
03/03/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB1211S1)
03/04/2014Read third time
03/04/2014Reading of substitute waived
03/04/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14105232D-S1
03/04/2014Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1211S1
03/04/2014Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N)
03/04/2014Placed on Calendar
03/05/2014Senate substitute rejected by House 14105232D-S1 (3-Y 96-N)
03/05/2014VOTE: REJECTED (3-Y 96-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2014Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N)
03/06/2014Senate requested conference committee
03/06/2014House acceded to request
03/06/2014Conferees appointed by Senate
03/06/2014Senators: Norment, McEachin, Puckett
03/06/2014Conferees appointed by House
03/06/2014Delegates: Gilbert, Albo, McClellan
03/08/2014Conference substitute printed 14105492D-H2
03/08/2014Conference report agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)
03/08/2014Conference report agreed to by House (99-Y 0-N)
03/08/2014VOTE: ADOPTION (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/17/2014Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1211ER)
03/17/2014Signed by President
03/18/2014Signed by Speaker
03/19/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB1211ER)
04/07/2014Governor's recommendation received by House
04/22/2014Placed on Calendar
04/23/2014House concurred in Governor's recommendation (96-Y 0-N)
04/23/2014VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N)
04/23/2014Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (39-Y 0-N)
04/23/2014G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/23/2014Reenrolled bill text (HB1211ER2)
04/23/2014Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/23/2014Signed by President as reenrolled
04/23/2014Enacted, Chapter 792 (effective - see bill)
04/23/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0792)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 6 clips in all, totaling 1 hour.