personal use

Don Rush

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A push to bring Virginia in line with almost every other state and ban the personal use of campaign funds has little chance of success this year.

Elected officials in both parties have advocated for a ban, including Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam.

But a Senate panel voted Tuesday against a bill to prohibit using campaign funds for personal use, instead sending the measure for further study. The move signals that there aren't enough votes in the Senate to pass the measure this year.

creative commons

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A push to bring Virginia in line with almost every other state and ban the personal use of campaign funds has little chance of success this year.

Elected officials in both parties have advocated for a ban, including Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam.

But a Senate panel voted Tuesday against a bill to prohibit using campaign funds for personal use, instead sending the measure for further study. The move signals that there aren't enough votes in the Senate to pass the measure this year.

creative commons

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A House committee has punted on a bill to limit the personal use of campaign funds by Virginia politicians.

The GOP-controlled panel voted Thursday to put off until next year a vote on the legislation, which was a top ethics priority of Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Virginia has one of the least restrictive campaign finance systems in the country, and lawmakers are only barred from using campaign funds for personal use when they close out their accounts.

creative commons

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware has officially decriminalized possession by adults of small amounts of marijuana.

Just past the stroke of midnight on Friday, a decriminalization law signed in June by Gov. Jack Markell took effect.