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Va. lawmakers propose limits on personal gifts

Tuesday - 1/7/2014, 3:11pm  ET

ALAN SUDERMAN
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. -- A bipartisan group of Virginia House delegates wants to place a $250 limit on gifts from lobbyists and others who do business with the commonwealth.

Legislators said Tuesday that they also want to establish a commission to advise and train elected officials about ethics and conflict-of-interest laws.

Lawmakers say the proposals will help restore the public's faith in government after a gift scandal involving outgoing Gov. Bob McDonnell.

McDonnell came under federal investigation after he and his family accepted thousands of dollars' worth of gifts from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams. McDonnell has apologized for his actions but has denied breaking any laws. He has not been charged with a crime.

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe has proposed limiting gifts to elected officials and their families at $100.


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