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1999 Official Opinions

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Section 2.1-118 of the Code of Virginia authorizes the Attorney General of Virginia to render official opinions to the Governor,  members of the General Assembly, judges, the State Corporation Commission, state agency heads, and certain local officials.  The Honorable Mark L. Earley was sworn in as Attorney General at noon, January 17, 1998.   The Honorable Richard Cullen served as Attorney General of Virginia from June 11, 1997, to January 17, 1998.  The Honorable James S. Gilmore, III, served as Attorney General during 1996 until his resignation on June 11, 1997. 




December 1999
Joseph Benedetti -Ordinance incorporating by reference crimes classified as misdemeanors (9-071)
John T. Frey - Applicant's name on notary commission (99-064)
Philip Hamilton - Substitution   of chemically dissimilar drugs (99-086)
Robert G. Marshall - Copies of board meeting minutes subjects to board approval (99-111)

November 1999
John T. Frey - Substitute power of Attorney (99-047)
Jacob P. Stroman IV - Charities exempt from food and beverage tax (99-057)
Ross A. Mugler - Disclosure of information on distress warrant (99-063)
Richard H. Black - Authority of private process server (99-056)
W. Edwards Meeks - Public school officials request for drug search (99-039)
Mary Margaret Whipple - Circuit court restoration of felon's civil rights (99-098)
Thomas R. Robinett - Winchester city attorney may prosecute criminal violations (99-046)
R. Steven Landes - Ability of town to provide electric service (99-073)
/Opinions and Legal Resources/Opinions/1999opns/nov997.pdf">Robert S. Bloxom - District court may modify another state's child support order (99-060)
Richard D. Holcomb - DMV authority to impose license restrictions and asess demerits (99-045)
Thomas G. Barker - Contract between physician and patients (99-055)

October 1999
James R. Perkins - Community college employee may not accept cash bonus (99-054)
/Opinions and Legal Resources/Opinions/1999opns/oct992.pdf">William J. Howell - Board of supervisors must file disclosure statement (99-049)
Walter A. Stosch - Members of a 7 member state board confer by telephone (99-051)
M. Kirland Cox - Bid restrictions on transfers of city-owned property (99-058)
Rex A. Davis - Attorney for accused requests copy of certificate of analysis (99-038)
Jay W. DeBoer - School board election (99-037)
Vincent F. Callahan Jr. - Constitutional requirements advertising and receiving public bids (99-044)
Thomas W. Moss Jr.  - Authority to regulate nontidal wetlands (99-094)
William K. Barlow - Calculation of roll back taxes (99-074)

September 1999
Sam Kornblau - VHDA and Conflict of Interest Act (99-033)
Paul D. Greer - Preliminary protective order to protect child (99-007)
Charles D. Griffith Jr. - Prosecution of unlawful hazing activities (99-072)
John M. White-Hurst - Patient medical records in response to subpoena (98-114)
William D. Spence - Alternative prisoner incarceration program (98-086)
Philip J. Kellam - Licenses taxes and travel agencies (98-110)
Brenda B. Rickman - Privacy Protection Act (99-035)
Nita K. Stanley - Consumer utility tax (99-083)

August 1999
Phillip Hamilton - At-Risk Youth and Families (99-020)
William C. Mims - Va. Electric Utility Restructuring Act (99-070)
Walter A. Stosch - Va. Consumer Protection Act (99-028)
Eric Cantor - Executions & Other Means of Recovery Process (99-052)
Emmett W. Hanger Jr. - Franchise & Officers (Qualifications of Voters) (99-087)
David P. Bobzien - Campaign Finance Disclosure Act (99-024)
Andrew R. McRoberts - Crimes Against Administration of Justice (99-043)
David P. Bobzien - Fair Housing - Human Rights (99-021)
D. Gregory Baker - Psychiatric Inpatient Treatment of Minors Act (99-026)
James L. Williams - License Taxes (99-015)
Richard H. Black - Collection of personal property taxes (99-067)

July 1999
Clarence E. Phillips - Silvicutural activities (99-040)
Jack Roberts - Open Space Land Act (99-053)
Philip J. Kellam - Va. Real Estate Cooperative Act  (98-083)
John J. Davies - Deliquency Prevention and Youth Development Act (99-062)
A.D. Mathews Sr. - Local Gov't Officers and Budget Amendment (98-105)
Stephen O. Simpson - Northern Va. Criminal Justice Academy (98-060)
S. Vance Wilkins Jr. - Reasonable Selection of Method Rule  (99-065)
William B. Allen - Tuition Assistance Grant Act (99-016)
David N. Grimes - Home/electronic Incarceration Program (99-005)
Russell O. Slayton Jr. - Local Gov't (County and City Officers)  (98-085)
William L. Wimbish - Va. Residential Landlord and Tenant Act  (99-068)

June 1999
Joyce A. Fuller - Administration of Government Generally
Anne P. Petera - Property and Conveyances
Ray A. Conner - Taxation
Lee A. Stoffregen - Taxation
William G. Boice - Welfare
Walter A. Stosch - Banking and Finance
W.A. Talley Jr. - Civil Remedies and Procedure
Kathy J. Byron - Conservation
Steve M. Draper - Counties
Eric Cantor - Counties
Walter A. Stosch - Health
John J. Davies - Motor Vehicles
Ross A. Mugler - Taxation

May 1999
Paul Mahoney - Dog attacks
John Newhart -writ of possession
Emmett Hanger - medical malpractice hearings
James Cromwell - Retirement contributions
Michael Wolfe - List of heirs

April 1999
Patricia Ticer - School board meetings
William Mims - Student citizenship
Riley Ingram - Eligibility for VRS retirement benefits
Alfred Anderson - Use of accord and satisfaction in paying taxes
March 1999
Harry J. Parrish - Sanitary districts

February 1999
A. Victor Thomas - Motor vehicles on greenways
Walter Stosch - Arrest powers of security officers
Patricia Scales - Dog ordinances
Michael M. Foreman - Social Security number of marriage license applications
C. Richard Cranwell - Unattended vehicles

January -1999
Phillip Hamilton - FOIA application to meeting through electronic means
Jane H. Woods - Date for effective change of medicare reimbursement policy
Jackie T. Stump - Appalachian school of law
Harry J. Parrish - Industrial Development authority entering into private contract
I. Vincent Behm Jr. - Computer models for inspection warrants
Phillip Hamilton - Paramedics obtaining immunization information
Marian Van Landingham - Parental consent for immunication information
Marsha Compton Fielder - Taxation - line of duty exclusion