- Associated Press - Saturday, March 26, 2016

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Members of Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors are giving up free access to county swimming pools and golf courses because of Virginia’s stricter ethics laws.

Supervisors in the state’s largest jurisdiction were advised by the county attorney to stop using the passes because they could be construed as illegal gifts under the new ethics guidelines.

The Washington Post (https://wapo.st/25q1Sns) reports that the amenities can total in the neighborhood of $5,000 for an annual golf membership and yearly fitness pass.

The new county policy is in response to tighter ethics standards adopted by the General Assembly. They, in turn, came in the wake of a gift-giving scandal involving former Gov. Robert F. McDonnell.

The county’s parks authority has distributed the free passes for decades.

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Information from: The Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com

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