Boosting Transparency in Government
04/12/2015 | News |
The General Assembly passed legislation this year to increase transparency and accountability in government. Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed it. This is unfortunate, and shows that McAuliffe isn't as serious about transparency and ethics reform as his rhetoric suggests.
Let's start with some background.
The attorney general is the commonwealth's top lawyer. He represents the governor, the General Assembly, state agencies and departments. He also is tasked with...Continued »
Governor’s Veto Doesn’t Make Sense for Taxpayers
04/01/2015 | News |
SB1059, a government transparency bill I carried during the 2015 General Assembly session, was one of seventeen bills vetoed by Governor McAuliffe earlier this week. The legislation would have enhanced transparency for the procurement of outside counsel through the Office of the Governor or the Attorney General. It also limits contingency fees paid by the Commonwealth, and, as the article below points out, those fees can be very costly for Virginia's taxpayers. ...Continued »
End of Session Update
03/04/2015 | News |
The 2015 edition of the Virginia General Assembly came to end a day earlier than expected, with the Senate and House both adjourning Sine Die late Friday evening. We had a very successful session, passing a balanced budget, strengthening ethics reforms, and passing legislation that will keep our college campuses safer. I would like to share with you some of the high points of the 44-day General Assembly session.
Last Thursday, both the House and...Continued »