Va. Ethics Panel Recommends $15K Salary Increase for Lawmakers

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A state ethics panel assembled by Virginia's governor has recommended a $15,000 salary increase for state lawmakers.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the panel made the recommendation at its final meeting Monday. Gov. Terry McAuliffe appointed the panel shortly after former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were convicted of public corruption last year.

Lawmakers now receive $15,000 annually for office expenses in addition to salaries of $17,640 for House members and $18,000 for senators. They can use the office expense money any way they wish.

The panel proposed adding that $15,000 part of lawmaker's salaries and establishing a new $15,000 allowance that could be used only for office expenses.

The panel also recommended new limits on personal gifts to lawmakers, a key issue in the McDonnell case.

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