Conflicts of Interests Act, State & Local Gov't & General Assembly, etc.; ethics reforms. (SB1424)

Introduced By

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg) with support from 7 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke), Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke), Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax), Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland), Sen. John Watkins (R-Midlothian), Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)


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 the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council; ethics reforms. Authorizes the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council to (i) prescribe, receive, and review all disclosure forms required by the State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act, the General Assembly Conflicts of Interests Act, and the lobbying laws; (ii) conduct annual audits of those disclosure forms; (iii) issue advisory opinions; (iv) grant waivers for certain travel and gifts; and (v) refer certain violations to the appropriate authority for assessment of civil penalties. The bill modifies the current composition of the Council, reducing the number of members from 15 to 10. The bill prohibits any single gift or any combination of gifts in a calendar year with a value exceeding $100 from any single source to those persons subject to the Conflicts of Interests Acts and members of their immediate family. Certain gifts are exempt from the $100 limit on gifts, including gifts from relatives, gifts received while in attendance at a personal celebration or a widely attended event, or travel-related gifts for which the Council granted a waiver. Gifts for which the filer has reimbursed the giver for the full value of the gift are not required to be disclosed. The bill removes the required disclosure forms from the Code, outlines the required information to be reported on the disclosure forms, authorizes the Council to prescribe the forms, and requires all disclosure forms be filed electronically with the Council. The bill also prohibits the Governor, his campaign committee, and any political action committee established on his behalf from knowingly soliciting or accepting a contribution, gift, or other item with a value greater than $50 from persons and entities seeking loans or grants from the Governor's Development Opportunity Fund, restricts such gifts and contributions from persons and entities seeking loans or grants from the Fund, and provides that any violation shall result in a civil penalty of $500 or up to two times the amount of the contribution or gift, whichever is greater. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/23/2015Presented and ordered printed 15102749D
01/23/2015Referred to Committee on Rules
01/26/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1424)
02/02/2015Assigned Rules sub: Ethics and Conflict of Interest
02/06/2015Reported from Rules with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2015Committee substitute printed 15104821D-S1
02/06/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2015Incorporates SB696
02/09/2015Incorporates SB735
02/09/2015Incorporates SB752
02/09/2015Incorporates SB812
02/09/2015Incorporates SB1267
02/09/2015Incorporates SB1278
02/09/2015Incorporates SB1289
02/09/2015Passed by for the day
02/10/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1424S1)
02/10/2015Read second time
02/10/2015Passed by temporarily
02/10/2015Reading of substitute waived
02/10/2015Committee substitute rejected 15104821D-S1
02/10/2015Floor substitute printed 15104983D-S2 (Norment)
02/10/2015Substitute by Senator Norment agreed to 15104983D-S2
02/10/2015Reading of amendments waived
02/10/2015Amendments by Senator Petersen agreed to
02/10/2015Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute with amendments SB1424ES2
02/10/2015Printed as engrossed 15104983D-ES2
02/10/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2015Passed Senate (35-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1424S2)
02/11/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1424ES2)
02/12/2015Placed on Calendar
02/12/2015Read first time
02/12/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/13/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2015Committee substitute printed 15105073D-H1
02/16/2015Read second time
02/17/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1424H1)
02/17/2015Read third time
02/17/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15105073D-H1
02/17/2015Passed by for the day
02/18/2015Read third time
02/18/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1424H1
02/18/2015Passed House with substitute (93-Y 6-N)
02/18/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (93-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1424H1)
02/20/2015House substitute rejected by Senate (1-Y 37-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2015Reconsideration of House substitute agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2015House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 37-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2015House insisted on substitute
02/23/2015House requested conference committee
02/24/2015Senate acceded to request (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Conferees appointed by Senate
02/24/2015Senators: Norment, Watkins, Howell
02/25/2015Conferees appointed by House
02/25/2015Delegates: Gilbert, Minchew, McClellan
02/27/2015C Amended by conference committee
02/27/2015Conference report agreed to by Senate (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2015Conference substitute printed 15105596D-S3
02/27/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (93-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2015Conference report agreed to by House (93-Y 0-N)
03/03/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1424S3)
03/06/2015Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1424ER)
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 (SB1424ER)
03/11/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1424ER)
03/27/2015Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/14/2015Placed on Calendar
04/15/2015Passed by temporarily
04/15/2015Passed by for the day
04/17/2015Amendments specific and severable (0-Y 38-N) (see vote tally)
04/17/2015Referred to Committee on Rules
04/17/2015Reported from Rules with amendments (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/17/2015Read first time
04/17/2015Committee amendments #'s 1,2,4,5,18,19,20,21,33 and 34 rejected
04/17/2015Committee amendments #'s 9,10,11,12,13,14,26 and 29 agreed to
04/17/2015Committee amendments #'s 3,8 and 24 agreed to
04/17/2015Committee amendments #'s 15,16,31 and 32 agreed to
04/17/2015Committee amendments #'s 22,23,27,28,35 and 36 rejected
04/17/2015Committee amendments #'s 37,38 and 39 agreed to
04/17/2015Committee amendment #49 agreed to
04/17/2015Committee amendments #'s 44,45 and 46 rejected
04/17/2015Committee amendment #40 rejected
04/17/2015Committee amendments #'s 41 and 42 rejected
04/17/2015Committee amendment #17 rejected
04/17/2015Committee amendments #'s 6 and 7 rejected
04/17/2015Committee amendments #'s 47,48,25,30 and 43 agreed to
04/17/2015Reengrossed by Senate as amended SB1424E2
04/17/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/17/2015Passed Senate (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/17/2015Constitutional readings dispensed (73-Y 0-N)
04/17/2015VOTE: Constitutional Rdgs Dispense (73-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/17/2015Passed House (73-Y 0-N)
04/17/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (73-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/17/2015Printed as reengrossed 15105596D-E2
04/17/2015G Governor's recommendation adopted in-part
04/17/2015Reenrolled bill text (SB1424ER2)
04/17/2015Signed by President as reenrolled
04/17/2015Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/17/2015Communicated to Governor
04/20/2015Signed by President as reenrolled
04/20/2015Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/30/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 777 (effective - see bill)
04/30/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0777)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.