Conflicts of Interests Act, State & Local Gov't & General Assembly, etc.; ethics reforms. (HB2070)

Introduced By

Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock) with support from 18 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield), Del. Rich Anderson (R-Woodbridge), Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton), Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville), Del. Mark Berg (R-Winchester), Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights), Del. James Edmunds (R-South Boston), Del. Tag Greason (R-Potomac Falls), Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Jay Leftwich (R-Chesapeake), Del. Randy Minchew (R-Leesburg), Del. Will Morefield (R-North Tazewell), Del. Margaret Ransone (R-Kinsale), Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon), Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville), Del. David Yancey (R-Newport News), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), Sen. Todd E. Pillion (R-Abingdon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act, General Assembly Conflicts of Interests Act, and Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council; certain gifts prohibited; waivers required for certain travel. Removes the distinction between tangible and intangible gifts and prohibits any state or local officer or employee, member of the General Assembly, and certain candidates from soliciting, accepting, or receiving a single gift with a value exceeding $100 from certain persons. The bill provides an exception for gifts received at widely attended events, which are those events in which there is a reasonable expectation that at least 25 persons will attend the event and the event is open to individuals from throughout a particular industry or profession or who represent persons interested in a particular issue. The bill requires disclosure of any single gift or entertainment, or any combination of gifts or entertainment, with a value exceeding $50. The bill also requires persons subject to the Conflict of Interest Acts to request a waiver from the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council and receive the approval of the Council prior to accepting or receiving any transportation, lodging, meal, hospitality, or other travel-related thing of value provided by a third party that has a value exceeding $100. A waiver is not required for travel paid for by certain government entities. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/14/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101176D
01/14/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2015Impact statement from VCSC (HB2070)
01/20/2015Assigned Courts sub: Ethics
02/04/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 0-N)
02/04/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2015Committee substitute printed 15104752D-H1
02/04/2015Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/04/2015Incorporates HB1667
02/04/2015Incorporates HB1919
02/04/2015Incorporates HB1947
02/04/2015Incorporates HB1689
02/04/2015Incorporates HB2060
02/04/2015Incorporates HB1598
02/06/2015Assigned App. sub: General Government & Capital Outlay
02/06/2015Impact statement from VCSC (HB2070H1)
02/06/2015Reported from Appropriations (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/07/2015Read first time
02/09/2015Read second time
02/09/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104752D-H1
02/09/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2070H1
02/10/2015Read third time and passed House (93-Y 6-N)
02/10/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (93-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2015Referred to Committee on Rules
02/13/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB2070H1)
02/20/2015Committee substitute printed 15105123D-S1
02/20/2015Reported from Rules with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2015Committee substitute printed 15105363D-S1
02/20/2015Substitute bill reprinted 15105363D-S1
02/23/2015Impact statement from VCSC (HB2070S1)
02/23/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Read third time
02/24/2015Reading of substitute waived
02/24/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15105123D-S1
02/24/2015Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB2070S1
02/24/2015Passed Senate with substitute (39-N 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Impact statement from VCSC (HB2070S1)
02/24/2015Placed on Calendar
02/25/2015Senate substitute rejected by House 15105123D-S1 (0-Y 95-N)
02/25/2015VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 95-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2015Senate insisted on amendments (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2015Senate insisted on substitute (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2015Senate requested conference committee
02/26/2015House acceded to request
02/26/2015Conferees appointed by House
02/26/2015Delegates: Gilbert, Minchew, McClellan
02/26/2015Conferees appointed by Senate
02/26/2015Senators: Norment, Watkins, Howell
02/27/2015C Amended by conference committee
02/27/2015Conference substitute printed 15105593D-H2
02/27/2015Pending question ordered
02/27/2015Conference report agreed to by House (92-Y 0-N)
02/27/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (92-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2015Passed by temporarily
02/27/2015Conference report agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2015Reconsideration of conference report agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2015Conference report agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2015Impact statement from VCSC (HB2070H2)
03/06/2015Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2070ER)
03/06/2015Signed by Speaker
03/07/2015Signed by President
03/10/2015Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/10/15
03/10/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/11/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB2070ER)
03/11/2015Impact statement from VCSC (HB2070ER)
03/27/2015Governor's recommendation received by House
04/14/2015Placed on Calendar
04/15/2015Passed by for the day
04/17/2015Motion that Governor recommendation is not specific and severable is agreed to (80-Y 0-N)
04/17/2015VOTE: NOT SPECIFIC AND SEVERABLE (80-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/17/2015Constitutional readings dispensed (81-Y 0-N)
04/17/2015VOTE: Constitutional RDGS Dispense (81-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/17/2015Amendments #3, 8-16, 24-26, 29-32, 37-39, 43, 47-49 by Delegate Gilbert agreed to
04/17/2015Amendments #1, 2, 4, 5, 18, 19, 20, 21, 33 and 34 by Delegate Gilbert rejected (26-Y 55-N)
04/17/2015VOTE: REJECTED (26-Y 55-N) (see vote tally)
04/17/2015Amendment #17 by Delegate Gilbert rejected (27-Y 54-N)
04/17/2015VOTE: REJECTED (27-Y 54-N) (see vote tally)
04/17/2015Amendments #22, 23, 27, 28, 35 and 36 by Delegate Gilbert rejected (30-Y 50-N)
04/17/2015VOTE: REJECTED (30-Y 50-N) (see vote tally)
04/17/2015Amendment #40 by Delegate Gilbert rejected (26-Y 55-N)
04/17/2015VOTE: REJECTED (26-Y 55-N) (see vote tally)
04/17/2015Amendments #41 and 42 by Delegate Gilbert rejected (28-Y 53-N)
04/17/2015VOTE: REJECTED (28-Y 53-N) (see vote tally)
04/17/2015Amendments #44, 45 and 46 by Delegate Gilbert rejected (29-Y 52-N)
04/17/2015VOTE: REJECTED (29-Y 52-N) (see vote tally)
04/17/2015Amendments #6 and 7 by Delegate Gilbert rejected (28-Y 53-N)
04/17/2015VOTE: REJECTED (28-Y 53-N) (see vote tally)
04/17/2015Reengrossed by House as amended HB2070E2
04/17/2015Passed House (81-Y 0-N)
04/17/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (81-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/17/2015Printed as reengrossed 15105593D-E2
04/17/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
04/17/2015Referred to Committee on Rules
04/17/2015Reported from Rules (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/17/2015Read second time
04/17/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/17/2015Passed Senate (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/17/2015G Governor's recommendation adopted in-part
04/17/2015Reenrolled bill text (HB2070ER2)
04/17/2015Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/17/2015Signed by President as reenrolled
04/17/2015Communicated to Governor
04/30/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 763 (effective - see bill)
04/30/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0763)


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 46 minutes.