- Associated Press - Friday, March 11, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers have passed legislation that makes small changes to a newly enacted ethics rules, but stops short of a larger roll-back of the current rules that some lawmakers wanted.

The General Assembly voted Friday to allow lawmakers to accept unlimited gifts under $20. Under current rules, gifts under $20 count toward a $100 cap on gifts per individual lobbyists, businesses or others.

The Senate wanted to change the current ethics rules so they could accept unlimited meals and drinks from lobbyists, businesses and others, regardless of the cost. But the House opposed the measure and ultimately prevailed on that issue.

Lawmakers have been altering their ethics rules for three straight years, prompted by a gift scandal involving former Gov. Bob McDonnell.

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