General Assembly Conflicts of Interests Act; gift-free legislator, penalty. (SB777)

Introduced By

Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


General Assembly Conflicts of Interests Act; gift-free legislator; penalty. Provides that a member of the General Assembly may identify himself as a gift-free legislator by selecting such an option on the Statement of Economic Interests, thereby indicating that he will not accept a gift of any value offered or given to him for the six-month period immediately following the submission deadline of the Statement of Economic Interests he is filing. The bill permits a legislator who identifies himself as a gift-free legislator to decide at a later date to accept a gift, so long as it is not prohibited by law and he complies with the applicable disclosure requirements. However, he shall not be permitted to select such option on the Statement next filed. The bill requires the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council to prepare a list of those who identify themselves as gift-free legislators and provide that list to the Secretary of the Commonwealth for distribution to lobbyists and to the Clerks of the House of Delegates and the Senate. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/29/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100941D
12/29/2014Referred to Committee on Rules
01/16/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB777)
02/02/2015Assigned Rules sub: Ethics and Conflict of Interest
02/11/2015Left in Rules