Conflicts of Interests Acts, State and Local Government & General Assembly; establishes Council. (SB649)

Introduced By

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg) with support from 22 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Sen. Kenneth Alexander (D-Norfolk), Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg), Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson), Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake), Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke), Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Lynchburg), Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon), Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), Sen. Steve Martin (R-Chesterfield), Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville), Sen. Jeff McWaters (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest), Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg), Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania), Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville), Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield), Sen. Ralph Smith (R-Roanoke), Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta), Sen. Walter Stosch (R-Glen Allen), Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland), Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester), Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)


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 14100967D
01/17/2014Referred to Committee on Rules
01/24/2014Reported from Rules with substitute (16-Y 0-N)
01/24/2014Committee substitute printed 14104393D-S1
01/27/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/27/2014Incorporates SB23
01/27/2014Incorporates SB265
01/27/2014Incorporates SB143
01/27/2014Incorporates SB274
01/27/2014Incorporates SB410
01/27/2014Incorporates SB218
01/27/2014Incorporates SB219
01/27/2014Incorporates SB20
01/27/2014Incorporates SB21
01/27/2014Incorporates SB149
01/28/2014Passed by for the day
01/29/2014Passed by for the day
01/30/2014Passed by for the day
01/31/2014Passed by for the day
02/03/2014Passed by for the day
02/04/2014Floor substitute printed 14104756D-S2 (Norment))
02/04/2014Passed by for the day
02/05/2014Read second time
02/05/2014Substitute by Senator Norment withdrawn 14104756D-S2
02/05/2014Reading of substitute waived
02/05/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104393D-S1
02/05/2014Passed by for the day
02/05/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB649S2)
02/06/2014Passed by for the day
02/07/2014Passed by for the day
02/10/2014Reading of amendments 1-5 waived
02/10/2014Amendments 1-5 by Senator Ebbin rejected
02/10/2014Reading of amendments 6-9 waived
02/10/2014Amendments 6-9 by Senator Ebbin rejected
02/10/2014Reading of amendments 10-11 waived
02/10/2014Amendments 10-11 by Senator Ebbin agreed to
02/10/2014Reading of amendments 12-14 waived
02/10/2014Amendment 12 by Senator Ebbin rejected
02/10/2014Amendments 13-14 by Senator Ebbin withdrawn
02/10/2014Read second time
02/10/2014Reading of amendments waived
02/10/2014Amendments 1-6 by Senator Garrett withdrawn
02/10/2014Amendments by Senator McEachin agreed to
02/10/2014Amendments by Senator Petersen agreed to (20-Y 20-N)
02/10/2014Chair votes yes
02/10/2014Reading of amendments 1, 2, 4, 7 and 9 waived
02/10/2014Amendments 1, 2, 4, 7 and 9 by Senator Ebbin rejected
02/10/2014Motion to pass by for the day withdrawn
02/10/2014Reading of amendments 5, 6, 10 and 11 waived
02/10/2014Amendments 5, 6, 10 and 11 by Senator Ebbin rejected
02/10/2014Reading of amendments 12 and 13 waived
02/10/2014Amendments 12 and 13 by Senator Ebbin agreed to
02/10/2014Reading of amendment 14 waived
02/10/2014Amendment 14 by Senator Ebbin rejected
02/10/2014Amendments 3 and 8 by Senator Ebbin withdrawn
02/10/2014Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendments SB649ES1
02/10/2014Printed as engrossed 14104393D-ES1
02/10/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/10/2014Passed Senate (39-Y 1-N)
02/11/2014Impact statement from VCSC (SB649S1)
02/12/2014Placed on Calendar
02/12/2014Read first time
02/12/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/12/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB649ES1)
02/14/2014Assigned Courts sub: Ethics
02/14/2014Impact statement from VCSC (SB649E)
02/14/2014Impact statement from VCSC (SB649ES1)
02/19/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
02/21/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2014Committee substitute printed 14105140D-H1
02/24/2014Incorporates SB652
02/24/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB649H1)
02/25/2014Read second time
02/26/2014Read third time
02/26/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14105140D-H1
02/26/2014Amendment by Delegate Gilbert agreed to
02/26/2014Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment SB649H1
02/26/2014Passed House with substitute with amendment (100-Y 0-N)
02/26/2014VOTE: PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2014House substitute with amendment rejected by Senate (0-Y 40-N)
03/03/2014House insisted on substitute with amendment
03/03/2014House requested conference committee
03/04/2014Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N)
03/04/2014Conferees appointed by Senate
03/04/2014Senators: Norment, McEachin, Puckett
03/05/2014Conferees appointed by House
03/05/2014Delegates: Gilbert, Albo, McClellan
03/08/2014C Amended by conference committee
03/08/2014Conference substitute printed 14105640D-S3
03/08/2014Passed by temporarily
03/08/2014Conference report agreed to by House (99-Y 0-N)
03/08/2014VOTE: ADOPTION (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2014Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/17/2014Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB649ER)
03/17/2014Signed by President
03/18/2014Signed by Speaker
03/19/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB649ER)
04/07/2014Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/22/2014Placed on Calendar
04/23/2014Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (39-Y 0-N)
04/23/2014House concurred in Governor's recommendation (93-Y 0-N)
04/23/2014VOTE: ADOPTION (93-Y 0-N)
04/23/2014G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/23/2014Reenrolled bill text (SB649ER2)
04/23/2014Signed by President as reenrolled
04/23/2014Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/23/2014Enacted, Chapter 804 (effective - see bill)
04/23/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0804)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 9 clips in all, totaling 1 hour.