Lawmakers approve $100 per year gift cap

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers have approved a new $100 gift cap from lobbyists and others trying to influence state government. The General Assembly agreed Friday with Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s push for tighter gift limits. In February, lawmakers approved a $100 per gift limit during the final minutes of the regular legislative session. McAuliffe wanted a $100 per year limit, but lawmakers had to use unusual procedural motions to clarify that the governor’s amendment was per year and not a lifetime cap. Legislators have been working on Virginia’s ethics rules for two years in response to a corruption scandal involving former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

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