Virginia Lawmakers Question Logic Behind Ethics Panel Veto | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Virginia Lawmakers Question Logic Behind Ethics Panel Veto

Play associated audio
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks to the media after a bill signing at a Habitat for Humanity house in Richmond, Va., Friday, June 13, 2014.
(AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks to the media after a bill signing at a Habitat for Humanity house in Richmond, Va., Friday, June 13, 2014.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is vetoing funding for a new ethics commission, even as former Governor Bob McDonnell is facing federal corruption charges.

One of McDonnell's problems is that he failed to disclose he received a Rolex watch from a businessman seeking influence from state regulators. That's why one of the centerpieces of ethics reform this year was the creation of a new commission that would serve as a clearinghouse for personal financial disclosure forms, a place that would collect forms outlining possible conflicts of interest for everyone from local school board members to statewide elected officials.

"There's a lot of scrutiny going on with ethics right now in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and I think rightly so, and it is important that we get it right, and I don't want to hide behind a fig leaf and say, 'Well, we've already done something,'" says Democratic Delegate Patrick Hope.

Hope voted for the ethics reform. But he says he agrees with the governor's veto of funding for the ethics commission, a strategy Democrats say will allow them to come back next year with what they call a more robust package of reforms.

Republican Delegate Dave Albo says he's having a hard time understanding that strategy. "I'm disappointed but I'm also confused. I don't understand why he thinks eliminating the commission is going to make it more ethical."

McAuliffe says he wants to come back next year and offer a new round of ethics reform.

NPR

'Ashley's War' Details Vital Work Of Female Soldiers In Afghanistan

A new book looks at the female soldiers who served alongside elite special operations units in Afghanistan in order to connect with a population that was off-limits to male soldiers: Afghan women.
NPR

Tyson Foods To Stop Giving Chickens Human-Used Antibiotics

Tyson, the country's biggest producer of chicken meat, says within 2 years, it expects to stop giving chickens antibiotics that humans also use. The decision echoes one by McDonald's last month.
NPR

Record Number Of Amicus Briefs Filed In Same-Sex-Marriage Cases

This week's same-sex-marriage cases at the Supreme Court brought in a record number of friend-of-the–court briefs. But truth be told, the justices do not read all of these briefs.
NPR

Report: To Aid Combat, Russia Wages Cyberwar Against Ukraine

Cyberwarfare is a hidden world with few documented examples. In a new report, security researchers detail digital attacks against Ukraine's military, and charge the Russian military as the hacker.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.