Terry McAuliffe today proposed an independent commission to enforce ethical standards for Virginia officials.
He said if elected governor, he would propose legislation to tighten ethical standards.
McAuliffe said his approach would be to expand the state’s current disclosure laws and to introduce limits on gifts and other activities that might create appearances of impropriety.
“Virginians deserve better than to have their leaders just say ‘trust me’ while having no real accountability,” McAuliffe said.
The commission would have two members appointed by the governor, with at least from the opposing party. Interestingly, the Speaker of the House and the state Senate Majority Leader would each name two members, but they would be from the opposing parties. The chief justice of the Virginia Supreme Court would appoint two members, as well.
McAuliffe said the commission would investigate ethics complaints and discrepancies in disclosure reports and refer violations to disciplinary bodies. He would like the commission to assume oversight of lobbyists now done by the Secretary of the Commonwealth.