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2017 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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17-005 Del. Jimmie Massie

The Supreme Court of Virginia would probably hold that the VCU Health System Authority is a State agency or arm of the Commonwealth for the purposes of sovereign immunity, and therefore entitled to absolute immunity from suit.


Frederick County Commissioner of the Revenue Ellen Murphy

Meals served at an independent living facility that are in excess of the monthly meals charge and that are individually billed to residents are exempt from local meals tax.

17-037 Tazewell County Attorney Eric Young

The Virginia Scenic Rivers Act does not apply to tributaries of designated rivers unless the designation included tributaries.  Further, the Act does not restrict a landowner’s management of surface water on his land abutting a designated waterway.