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Virginia Lawmaker Questions Push For Ethics Reform

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Both Virginia state lawmakers and Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe say ethics reform will be a priority when McAuliffe takes office and the General Assembly convenes, but that idea has not received universal support.

Delegate Bob Marshall is telling his colleagues to use caution. He says disclosure is essential for ethics reform because voters need to know who may influence officeholders when they receive gifts, services, and donations. And he questions McAuliffe' s proposal to ban gifts of more than $100.

"I don't know how he's going to be able to keep that," Marshall says.

Marshall says McAuliffe, a friend of the Clintons, is sure to help Hillary campaign if she runs for President in 2016. How he does so could violate his own decree, including accepting campaign funds for travel.

He also gave examples of ethics challenges, if avid golfer Bill Clinton were a Virginia official.

"If Bill Clinton stands next to a professional golfer, giving lessons, watches this or is even invited in, but doesn't pay, is this a gift that you'd have to report?" asks Marshall.

Marshall says ways around that would drive activities underground, and that's not what voters want.

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