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The attorney general wants the General Assembly to address the state's disclosure laws.
The Roanoke Times | File May
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli wants the governor to call a special legislative session to address ethics reform.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican nominee for governor, is pressing Gov. Bob McDonnell to call a special legislative session on ethics, but McDonnell wants to wait until January.
Cuccinelli has accepted $18,000 in gifts from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams , whose relationship with McDonnell is the focus of state and federal investigations.
“Trust is something that is easy to lose and hard to earn back,” Cuccinelli said in a statement Monday.
“I think the longer we let this go, the more difficult it is for Virginians to achieve the level of faith in their government that I think they’re accustomed to. And I think that’s something we can achieve if we move quickly. That’s why I’m asking for Governor McDonnell to immediately call a special session of the General Assembly to address ethics reform.”
Tucker Martin, a spokesman for the governor, said McDonnell is formulating his own ethics proposals for consideration in the regularly scheduled legislative session that starts in January. That is the month that McDonnell leaves office.
“The governor has said he would support changes to Virginia’s existing disclosure laws to provide for greater transparency,” Martin said.
McDonnell has apologized for any embarrassment his family has brought upon the state during the gifts scandal. He has maintained that he has not broken the state’s disclosure laws.
The governor has said that neither Star Scientific nor its CEO has received any special treatment from his administration.
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