Jason S. Miyares
Attorney General of Virginia

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2023 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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23-058 The Honorable Wren M. Williams, Member, House of Delegates When a customer places a bet related to individual athletes’ performance metrics, the outcome of which is determined by reference to a contest operator’s established baseline rather than choices made by other customers, the customer is engaged in sports betting and not a fantasy contest.
23-039 The Honorable A.C. Cordoza, Member, House of Delegates Code § 38.2-3407.14:1 prohibits an insurance carrier that provides coverage for cancer therapy from denying a patient coverage for proton radiation therapy when the coverage determination is based on the carrier’s application of a higher standard of clinical evidence to such treatment than it uses for treatments it otherwise approves.
23-001 Cameron S. Bell, Esq., Abingdon Town Attorney Inquiries regarding the tax situs of certain vehicles that are regularly, but not exclusively, stored in the Town of Abingdon.
23-061 The Honorable Scott Wyatt, Member, House of Delegates An individual appointed pursuant to § 24.2-228 to fill a vacancy on a local governing body or elected school board may remain an interim appointment after expiration of the term only until a successor appointee is appointed by the appropriate body for the new term of office; it is this person who shall remain in office until an ultimate successor is qualified under a special election pursuant to § 24.2-682.
23-048 Mr. Dustin Curtis, Chairman, Spotsylvania County Electoral Board Signatures collected on January 1 do not count towards the minimum number of signatures required to be collected by prospective independent candidates seeking to have their name printed on the ballot for election to local office at a November general election. What actions are available when a disqualifying number of signatures are proven invalid after a particular individual has been deemed a qualified candidate depends on the specific attendant facts and circumstances.
23-020 Colonel Gary T. Settle, Superintendent of State Police Determining the scope of the Commonwealth’s authority to exercise criminal jurisdiction on tribe-related land involves a case-by-case evaluation that must include consideration of whether such land constitutes “Indian country” under federal law.