Gov­er­nor prom­ises to ‘lean in’ on ethics, vot­ing leg­is­la­tion

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RICHMOND — Vir­ginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he’ll be ac­tively pro­mot­ing leg­is­la­tion aimed at strength­en­ing the state’s ethics rules and mak­ing it eas­ier to vote.

McAuliffe, a Demo­crat, said Tues­day he’ll be push­ing leg­is­la­tion that would pro­hibit law­mak­ers from us­ing their cam­paign ac­counts for per­sonal use, say­ing the move is nec­es­sary to ac­com­pany a $100 gift cap law­mak­ers ap­proved ear­lier in his term.

Vir­ginia law­mak­ers are only barred from us­ing cam­paign funds for per­sonal use when they close out their ac­counts. Sim­i­lar leg­is­la­tion ban­ning per­sonal use was scut­tled last ses­sion.

The gov­er­nor also wants to al­low for in-per­son early vot­ing and to re­peal the state’s voter ID law.

Like other parts of the gov­er­nor’s pol­icy pri­or­i­ties, these items will likely face a dif­fi­cult path for­ward in the GOP-con­trolled Gen­eral As­sem­bly.

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