HB 2070 Conflicts of Interests Act, State & Local Gov't & General Assembly, etc.; ethics reforms.
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Summary as enacted with Governor's Recommendation: (all summaries)

State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act, General Assembly Conflicts of Interests Act, and Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council; certain gifts prohibited; approvals required for certain travel. Removes the distinction between tangible and intangible gifts and prohibits any state or local officer or employee, member of the General Assembly, and certain candidates from soliciting, accepting, or receiving within any calendar year a single gift with a value exceeding $100 or a combination of gifts with a value exceeding $100 from certain persons; however, such prohibition does not apply to gifts from personal friends. The bill also prohibits the immediate family of such officers, employees, members, or candidates from soliciting, accepting, or receiving such gifts. The bill provides an exception for gifts received at widely attended events, which are those events at which at least 25 persons have been invited to attend or there is a reasonable expectation that at least 25 persons will attend the event. The bill requires disclosure of any single gift or entertainment, or any combination of gifts or entertainment, with a value exceeding $50. The bill also requires persons subject to the Conflict of Interest Acts to request approval from the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council (the Council) and receive the approval of the Council prior to accepting or receiving any travel-related transportation, lodging, meal, hospitality, or other thing of value provided by certain third parties that has a value exceeding $100. The bill modifies the current composition of the Council, reducing the number of members from 15 to 9 and requires that there be bipartisan balance of the General Assembly members appointed to the Council. The bill requires electronic filing of disclosure forms with the Council and provides that local officers and employees will file disclosure forms locally instead of with the Council. The bill provides that the making of a knowing and intentional false statement on a disclosure form is punishable as a Class 5 felony. The bill also prohibits the Governor, his campaign committee, and any political action committee established on his behalf from knowingly soliciting or accepting a contribution, gift, or other item with a value greater than $100 from persons and entities seeking loans or grants from the Commonwealth's Development Opportunity Fund (the Fund), restricts such gifts and contributions from persons and entities seeking loans or grants from the Fund, and provides that any violation shall result in a civil penalty of $500 or up to two times the amount of the contribution or gift, whichever is greater. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2016, except the provisions of the bill related to the Council and its duties become effective July 1, 2015. This bill incorporates HB 1598, HB 1667, HB 1689, HB 1919, HB 1947, and HB 2060 and is identical to SB 1424.

Full text:
01/14/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101176D  pdf | impact statement
02/04/15  House: Committee substitute printed 15104752D-H1  pdf | impact statements
02/20/15  Senate: Committee substitute printed 15105363D-S1  pdf | impact statement
02/20/15  Senate: Substitute bill reprinted 15105363D-S1  pdf | impact statement
02/27/15  House: Conference substitute printed 15105593D-H2  pdf | impact statement
03/06/15  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2070ER)  pdf | impact statements
04/17/15  House: Printed as reengrossed 15105593D-E2  pdf
04/17/15  House: Reenrolled bill text (HB2070ER2)  pdf
04/30/15  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0763)  pdf

Amendments:
House amendments
House amendments rejected
Conference amendments
Governor's recommendation

Status:
01/14/15  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101176D
01/14/15  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/15  House: Assigned Courts sub: Ethics
02/04/15  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 0-N)
02/04/15  House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (20-Y 0-N)
02/04/15  House: Committee substitute printed 15104752D-H1
02/04/15  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/04/15  House: Incorporates HB1667
02/04/15  House: Incorporates HB1919
02/04/15  House: Incorporates HB1947
02/04/15  House: Incorporates HB1689
02/04/15  House: Incorporates HB2060
02/04/15  House: Incorporates HB1598
02/06/15  House: Assigned App. sub: General Government & Capital Outlay
02/06/15  House: Reported from Appropriations (20-Y 0-N)
02/06/15  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/07/15  House: Read first time
02/09/15  House: Read second time
02/09/15  House: Committee substitute agreed to 15104752D-H1
02/09/15  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2070H1
02/10/15  House: Read third time and passed House (93-Y 6-N)
02/10/15  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (93-Y 6-N)
02/11/15  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/15  Senate: Referred to Committee on Rules
02/20/15  Senate: Reported from Rules with substitute (14-Y 0-N)
02/20/15  Senate: Committee substitute printed 15105363D-S1
02/20/15  Senate: Substitute bill reprinted 15105363D-S1
02/23/15  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/24/15  Senate: Read third time
02/24/15  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/24/15  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 15105123D-S1
02/24/15  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB2070S1
02/24/15  Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (39-N 0-N)
02/24/15  House: Placed on Calendar
02/25/15  House: Senate substitute rejected by House 15105123D-S1 (0-Y 95-N)
02/25/15  House: VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 95-N)
02/26/15  Senate: Senate insisted on substitute (38-Y 0-N)
02/26/15  Senate: Senate requested conference committee
02/26/15  House: House acceded to request
02/26/15  House: Conferees appointed by House
02/26/15  House: Delegates: Gilbert, Minchew, McClellan
02/26/15  Senate: Conferees appointed by Senate
02/26/15  Senate: Senators: Norment, Watkins, Howell
02/27/15  Conference: Amended by conference committee
02/27/15  House: Conference substitute printed 15105593D-H2
02/27/15  House: Pending question ordered
02/27/15  House: Conference report agreed to by House (92-Y 0-N)
02/27/15  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (92-Y 0-N)
02/27/15  Senate: Passed by temporarily
02/27/15  Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N)
02/27/15  Senate: Reconsideration of conference report agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/27/15  Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)
03/06/15  House: Enrolled
03/06/15  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2070ER)
03/06/15  House: Signed by Speaker
03/07/15  Senate: Signed by President
03/10/15  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/10/15
03/10/15  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/27/15  House: Governor's recommendation received by House
04/14/15  House: Placed on Calendar
04/15/15  House: Passed by for the day
04/17/15  House: Motion that Governor recommendation is not specific and severable is agreed to (80-Y 0-N)
04/17/15  House: VOTE: NOT SPECIFIC AND SEVERABLE (80-Y 0-N)
04/17/15  House: Constitutional readings dispensed (81-Y 0-N)
04/17/15  House: VOTE: Constitutional RDGS Dispense (81-Y 0-N)
04/17/15  House: Amendments #3, 8-16, 24-26, 29-32, 37-39, 43, 47-49 by Delegate Gilbert agreed to
04/17/15  House: Amendments #1, 2, 4, 5, 18, 19, 20, 21, 33 and 34 by Delegate Gilbert rejected (26-Y 55-N)
04/17/15  House: VOTE: REJECTED (26-Y 55-N)
04/17/15  House: Amendment #17 by Delegate Gilbert rejected (27-Y 54-N)
04/17/15  House: VOTE: REJECTED (27-Y 54-N)
04/17/15  House: Amendments #22, 23, 27, 28, 35 and 36 by Delegate Gilbert rejected (30-Y 50-N)
04/17/15  House: VOTE: REJECTED (30-Y 50-N)
04/17/15  House: Amendment #40 by Delegate Gilbert rejected (26-Y 55-N)
04/17/15  House: VOTE: REJECTED (26-Y 55-N)
04/17/15  House: Amendments #41 and 42 by Delegate Gilbert rejected (28-Y 53-N)
04/17/15  House: VOTE: REJECTED (28-Y 53-N)
04/17/15  House: Amendments #44, 45 and 46 by Delegate Gilbert rejected (29-Y 52-N)
04/17/15  House: VOTE: REJECTED (29-Y 52-N)
04/17/15  House: Amendments #6 and 7 by Delegate Gilbert rejected (28-Y 53-N)
04/17/15  House: VOTE: REJECTED (28-Y 53-N)
04/17/15  House: Reengrossed by House as amended HB2070E2
04/17/15  House: Passed House (81-Y 0-N)
04/17/15  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (81-Y 0-N)
04/17/15  House: Printed as reengrossed 15105593D-E2
04/17/15  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
04/17/15  Senate: Referred to Committee on Rules
04/17/15  Senate: Reported from Rules (14-Y 0-N)
04/17/15  Senate: Read second time
04/17/15  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (36-Y 0-N)
04/17/15  Senate: Passed Senate (36-Y 0-N)
04/17/15  Governor: Governor's recommendation adopted in-part
04/17/15  House: Reenrolled
04/17/15  House: Reenrolled bill text (HB2070ER2)
04/17/15  House: Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/17/15  Senate: Signed by President as reenrolled
04/17/15  House: Communicated to Governor
04/30/15  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 763 (effective - see bill)
04/30/15  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0763)