Governor Signs Reform Bills
Governor McDonnell used tax day as an opportunity to sign into law several bills aimed at government reform, including one that would limit contributions to his office.
Among the government reform bills Governor McDonnell signed yesterday was House Bill 485, patroned by Republican Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, which would institute management and financial audits of multiple state agencies.
Another bill patroned by Republicans, Delegate Glenn Oder and Senator Harry
Blevins, would require a performance audit on VDOT.
And Senate Bill 506 patroned by Senator Ralph Smith would ban the receipt of political contributions to the Governor during the procurement process for contracts over 5 million dollars.
While Virginia and the nation copes with the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, McDonnell said it was important now more than ever to look for cost saving measures.
McDonnell: It was a good year, where I think there was broad agreement that taking a good hard look at state agency performance, finances and management structure is good, to bring more value to the taxpayers.
The General Assembly will reconvene on Wednesday to consider the Governor’s 122 amendments to legislation passed this session.
Craig Carper, WCVE News, Capitol Square.