RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Senate has effectively killed a measure that would have prevented politicians from putting campaign funds toward personal uses, with an exception for childcare-related expenses.
Virginia has one of the least restrictive and policed campaign finance systems in the country and is an outlier in the nation for not already having such a ban.
But state lawmakers, who insist they want to work on the issue, have repeatedly balked in recent years at making a change.
Lawmakers on Tuesday voted to send the bill back to committee.
That ended its chances for the year because the deadline for committee action has passed.