Jason S. Miyares
Attorney General of Virginia

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2020 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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20-022 Honorable Louise Lucas, Member, Senate of Virginia Funds contributed by members of the Portsmouth Public Schools' Section 125 Flexible Benefits Plan are not "local funds” that are subject to return to the City under § 22.1-100 if not expended during the year.
20-037 Honorable Dana Lawhorne, Sheriff, City of Alexandria In a city with both a police department and a sheriff's office, the police department is the primary law-enforcement agency responsible for the service of protective orders issued pursuant to §§ 16.1-253.1, 16.1-253.4, 16.1-279.1, and §§ 19.2-152.8, 19.2-152.9, and 19.2-152.10 of the Code of Virginia.
20-025 C.H. "Chuck” Slemp III, Commonwealth's Attorney, County of Wise & City of Norton; and Timothy W. McAfee, Town Attorney, Town of Pound The Town of Pound Police Department has authority to take certain actions outside of the Town's territorial jurisdiction to investigate crimes occurring within the Town. Effective law enforcement in any area of the Commonwealth, however, depends largely on a cooperative effort among all appropriate departments.
20-056 Honorable Jennifer B. Boysko, Member, Senate of Virginia The Procurement Act provides public bodies the discretion to determine whether it is appropriate to include in a solicitation the requirement that a successful bidder or offeror pay its employees or contract workers a living wage. Ample evidence exists to show that a living wage requirement can improve the quality of goods or services obtained by a public body, and the amendments to the Procurement Act made by the General Assembly in 2015 make clear that adoption of a living wage requirement by a public body to meet its procurement needs is permitted.