By Laura LaFay
Virginia lawmakers introduce thousands of bills each year and spend hours debating the finer points of how to punish students for not reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, whether motorcyclists should wear helmets and who should get the death penalty.
But when it comes to making and enforcing rules for themselves, the legislators are shrinking violets.
LaFay is a freelance journalist who participated in the State Integrity Investigation, an unprecedented, data-driven analysis of each state’s laws and practices that deter corruption and promote accountability. The State Integrity Investigation is a collaboration of the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International.The Center for Public Integrity.