20 January 2010

Ethics Bill Up for House Vote

The House of Delegates should soon begin debating a proposal to bolster the financial disclosures filed by public servants with the Ethics Commission, The Associated Press reports.

The legislation would require officials to "disclose more about their financial holdings and outside employment, and report similar information about their spouses," the article said. "The bill would also prevent some officials from becoming lobbyists for one year after leaving state service."

AP also reports that "one pending amendment up for debate Wednesday would post future disclosures online. Others would extend the lobbying ban to constitutional officers and political party chairs."

Passage is expected, and the bill would then advance to the state Senate.

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