Jason S. Miyares
Attorney General of Virginia

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2019 Official Opinions

Official opinions will be posted as they are issued, generally within 24 to 48 hours. Please check this page at regular intervals to determine whether additional opinions have been issued.


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19-012 Honorable George L. Barker, Member, Senate of Virginia

While the two percent cap on increases in the rates of private day special education providers in the Appropriation Act is not expressly prohibited by federal law, Virginia local educational agencies must nevertheless take necessary steps to provide a free appropriate public education to all children with disabilities in accordance with federal and state law.


Honorable Jerrauld C. Jones, Member, Virginia House of Delegates

Resolutions that have been adopted by Virginia localities declaring themselves exempt from any new gun safety laws have no legal effect. Localities and local constitutional officers cannot nullify state laws and must comply with gun violence prevention measures that the General Assembly may enact.

19-006 Honorable Steve A. Hutcherson, Sheriff, Campbell County

A law enforcement agency should not remove a protective order from the Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN) unless it receives a court order of dissolution or the protective order has expired by its own terms or by operation of law.