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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Critics say new ethics legislation passed by the Virginia General Assembly won't accomplish its main goal: preventing another scandal like the one that engulfed former Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Lawmakers passed ethics reform bills in the final minutes of the 2015 legislative assembly last week.

Proponents said the bill, with new limits on gifts and travel, will help restore the public trust following McDonnell's conviction on corruption charges last year.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Bob McDonnell says Virginia will default to a federal health insurance exchange to meet its obligations under the federal health care overhaul.

McDonnell had been holding out in hopes that President Barack Obama would be defeated and the reforms would be repealed.

With Obama's re-election, McDonnell acknowledges that's unlikely. But he's unwilling to expand the state's Medicaid program or establish a state-based benefits program.