Virginia’s 72nd governor starting governing moments after his Inaugural Ceremonies on Saturday. Governor Terry McAuliffe issued four executive orders. The first barred sex discrimination in state government; established a $100 gift-giving cap for his staff and if the governor cannot be reached in the state of an emergency certain powers will be designated to his Chief of Staff in those circumstances.
Brian Coy, From the desk of Governor Terry McAuliffe: Executive Order Number 1
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order Number 1 at the Capitol of Virginia on Saturday, which prohibits discrimination based on race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, political affiliation, or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities in Virginia state government. McAuliffe signed the Executive Order immediately following his inauguration.
“My administration is committed to keeping Virginia open and welcoming to all who call our Commonwealth home,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Executive Order Number 1 sets the tone for an administration that will not accept discrimination in any form, and one that will work tirelessly to ensure all Virginians have equal opportunity in the workplace, no matter their backgrounds, race, religion, or whom they love.”
Executive Order Number 2
Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order Number 2 on Saturday, establishing a $100 gift limit on himself, his family, members of the Executive Branch and their families, as well as creating an Executive Branch Ethics Commission to oversee the execution of the Order.
“Virginians have placed great trust in their elected officials and expect transparency and decision-making that avoids improper conflicts,” said Governor McAuliffe. “This Executive Order will assure citizens of the Commonwealth that members of my Administration will be held to the highest of ethical standards. Additionally, I look forward to working with members of the General Assembly to enact the strongest possible ethics rules for all Virginia elected officials.”
Executive Orders Number 3 and 4
Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Orders Number 3 and 4 on Saturday. These orders are intended to ensure continuity of government in the event of a state emergency where the Governor is incapacitated or cannot be reached by designating certain powers to his Chief of Staff in those circumstances.