VA SB1312 | 2017 | Regular Session


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)
Status: Passed on April 26 2017 - 100% progression
Action: 2017-04-26 - Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0832)
Text: Latest bill text (Chaptered) [HTML]


Lobbyist reporting, the State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act, and the General Assembly Conflicts of Interests Act; filing of required disclosures; registration of lobbyists; candidate filings; judges; definition of gift; informal advice; civil penalties; technical amendments. Makes numerous changes to the laws governing lobbyist reporting, the conflict of interest acts, and the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council (the Council), including (i) allowing the Secretary of the Commonwealth to suspend any penalty that could be assessed against a lobbyist's principal for failing to file the required disclosure if such failure is beyond the control of the principal; (ii) clarifying the procedures for terminating the services of a lobbyist; (iii) requiring that lobbyist registration forms be filed electronically; (iv) eliminating the requirement that a lobbyist list the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all other lobbyists representing the same principal; (v) creating a separate statement for a lobbyist's principal to waive the principal signature requirement on the lobbyist disclosure form; (vi) granting the clerk of the local governing body or school board the same power as the Council to redact from any disclosure form released to the public any residential address, personal telephone number, or signature; (vii) eliminating the minimum duration of the mandatory refresher ethics orientation session for General Assembly members; (viii) allowing written informal advice from the Council to confer immunity from prosecution upon individuals acting in accordance with such advice; (ix) clarifying the Council's authority to grant extensions from the filing deadline and imposing a $250 civil penalty on agency heads or local clerks who fail to provide the disclosure forms to filers in a timely manner; (x) requiring lobbyists to provide a report of gifts made during a regular session of the General Assembly no later than three weeks after adjournment to legislators and certain executive branch officials who are required to file a session gift report; and (xi) directing that candidates for statewide office and the General Assembly are required to file a disclosure form with the State Board of Elections and candidates for a constitutional office are required to file a disclosure form with the local general registrar. The bill also extends the filing deadline for disclosure forms from January 15 to February 1 and clarifies the reporting period covered by the disclosure forms. The bill eliminates events open to individuals who share a common interest from the definition of a "widely attended event," attendance at which is not subject to the gift cap. The bill also exempts from the definition of a "gift" (a) gifts from a person's child-in-law; (b) gifts related to a person's volunteer service; (c) meals provided for attendance at an official meeting of the Commonwealth, its political subdivisions, or certain other entities; and (d) attendance at a reception or similar function. The bill also exempts members of the judiciary from certain provisions governing prohibited gifts and prohibited personal interests in a transaction where such members are already subject to similar or greater prohibitions under the Canons of Judicial Conduct for the State of Virginia. The bill also clarifies that a legislator may have a personal interest in a contract with a government agency, not including a legislative branch agency, when the Virginia Public Procurement Act allows the award of such contract without competition. The bill further clarifies the exceptions that allow state and local officers and employees who have a personal interest in a transaction to participate in the transaction. Finally, the bill contains technical amendments. The bill contains an emergency clause that applies to the changes described in clauses (x) and (xi). This bill is identical to HB 1854.

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Conflicts of Interests Acts, State & Local Government & General Assembly, lobbyist; filing.


Roll Calls

2017-04-05 - Senate - Senate: Senate rejected Governor's recommendation (18-Y 20-N 2-A) (Y: 18 N: 20 NV: 0 Abs: 2) [FAIL]
2017-02-25 - House - House: VOTE: ADOPTION EMERGENCY (93-Y 0-N) (Y: 93 N: 0 NV: 7 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2017-02-25 - Senate - Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (38-Y 1-N) (Y: 38 N: 1 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2017-02-21 - Senate - Senate: Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N) (Y: 40 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2017-02-17 - Senate - Senate: House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 40-N) (Y: 0 N: 40 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [FAIL]
2017-02-15 - House - House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (Y: 99 N: 0 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2017-02-13 - House - House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (19-Y 0-N) (Y: 19 N: 0 NV: 3 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2017-02-06 - Senate - Senate: Passed Senate (39-Y 1-N) (Y: 39 N: 1 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2017-02-06 - Senate - Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (Y: 40 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2017-02-03 - Senate - Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N 1-A) (Y: 38 N: 0 NV: 1 Abs: 1) [PASS]
2017-02-02 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Rules with substitute (12-Y 0-N) (Y: 12 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2017-04-26 Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0832)
2017-04-26 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 832 (effective - see bill)
2017-04-05 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, May 5, 2017
2017-04-05SenateCommunicated to Governor
2017-04-05SenateSenate rejected Governor's recommendation (18-Y 20-N 2-A)
2017-04-05SenatePassed by temporarily
2017-03-27SenateGovernor's recommendation received by Senate
2017-03-13 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
2017-03-13SenateEnrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/13/17
2017-03-10SenateSigned by President
2017-03-07HouseSigned by Speaker
2017-03-07SenateBill text as passed Senate and House (SB1312ER)
2017-02-25HouseVOTE: ADOPTION EMERGENCY (93-Y 0-N)
2017-02-25HouseConference report agreed to by House (93-Y 0-N)
2017-02-25SenateConference report agreed to by Senate (38-Y 1-N)
2017-02-25 Conference: Amended by conference committee
2017-02-23HouseDelegates: Gilbert, Minchew, James
2017-02-23HouseConferees appointed by House
2017-02-21SenateSenators: Norment, Howell, Saslaw
2017-02-21SenateConferees appointed by Senate
2017-02-21SenateSenate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N)
2017-02-20HouseHouse requested conference committee
2017-02-20HouseHouse insisted on substitute
2017-02-17SenateHouse substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 40-N)
2017-02-15HouseVOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
2017-02-15HousePassed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
2017-02-15HouseEngrossed by House - committee substitute SB1312H1
2017-02-15HouseCommittee substitute agreed to 17105294D-H1
2017-02-15HouseRead third time
2017-02-14HouseRead second time
2017-02-13HouseCommittee substitute printed 17105294D-H1
2017-02-13HouseReported from Courts of Justice with substitute (19-Y 0-N)
2017-02-08HouseReferred to Committee for Courts of Justice
2017-02-08HouseRead first time
2017-02-08HousePlaced on Calendar
2017-02-06SenatePassed Senate (39-Y 1-N)
2017-02-06SenateConstitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
2017-02-06SenateEngrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1312S1
2017-02-06SenateAmendments by Senator Ebbin rejected
2017-02-06SenateReading of amendments waived
2017-02-06SenateCommittee substitute agreed to 17105140D-S1
2017-02-06SenateReading of substitute waived
2017-02-06SenateRead second time
2017-02-03SenateConstitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N 1-A)
2017-02-02SenateCommittee substitute printed 17105140D-S1
2017-02-02SenateReported from Rules with substitute (12-Y 0-N)
2017-01-10SenateReferred to Committee on Rules
2017-01-10SenatePrefiled and ordered printed with emergency clause; offered 01/13/16 17102773D


Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
223101(n/a)See Bill Text
223103.1(n/a)See Bill Text
223110(n/a)See Bill Text
223112(n/a)See Bill Text
223114(n/a)See Bill Text
223115(n/a)See Bill Text
223118.2(n/a)See Bill Text
223121(n/a)See Bill Text
22419(n/a)See Bill Text
22422(n/a)See Bill Text
22423(n/a)See Bill Text
22426(n/a)See Bill Text
22430(n/a)See Bill Text
22431(n/a)See Bill Text
242502(n/a)See Bill Text

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