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 »
Promoting a safer Virginia
02/27/2015 | News |
As the 2015 General Assembly session comes to an end, I want to applaud my colleagues for the historic passage today of SB 1188, my legislation which creates the first ever standalone sex trafficking statute in Virginia. The bill will now go to the Governor for review, and it is my hope that he will sign it.
SB 1188 is critical to protecting victims and giving law enforcement the necessary tools to combat the pervasive problem of sex trafficking. I especially...Continued »
Legislative Update: Session is Underway
01/22/2015 | News |
Greetings from Richmond! With week two of the 2015 General Assembly session underway, I would like to provide a quick recap of all that happened in week one. Although it was a short week, with session officially kicking off last Wednesday, we had a lot packed into a three-day period. As bills begin making their way through committees, the pace will pick up and the days will get longer. This year is what’s commonly referred to as a “short session,” being that...Continued »
The Governor’s At It Again
01/15/2015 | News |
Last night, both chambers of the General Assembly convened with other government leaders to hear the Governor’s annual “State of the Commonwealth” address. This longstanding tradition serves as an opportunity for Virginia’s highest-ranking public official to recognize past achievements and lay out a vision for the future of the Commonwealth.
Terry McAuliffe did plenty of the former but very little of the latter! Instead of a forward-thinking vision, the...Continued »
An Energetic and Positive Campaign
11/07/2014 | News |
Shortly after noon today Ed Gillespie told supporters that while close, the margin in his race for the United States Senate is not quite close enough. It’s not the outcome we hoped for, but it’s also one that none of the political pundits expected. Despite being outspent two to one and being down 29 points when he first got in the race, Ed Gillespie “shocked political prognosticators by making a race of an election some saw as a runaway.” But he didn’t shock...Continued »
Lessons from a Hidden Tax Increase
10/28/2014 | News |
Virginians are about to experience a gasoline tax increase — one that has, until now, avoided public notice.
Last year, the Virginia General Assembly passed the first transportation overhaul since 1987. While I strongly support transportation improvements for the commonwealth, I did not vote for the transportation bill in part because of how it is funded.
Part of the plan is paid for by assuming that Congress would pass the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA),...Continued »