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Official Opinions


July 2012 Opinions

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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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The official opinions issued by the attorney general are part of the duties of the office (see Code § 2.2-505). A person authorized by statute, such as the governor, a member of the General Assembly, a constitutional officer, or the head of a state agency, can ask the attorney general for an official opinion on the law. Members of the general public are not authorized to ask for opinions.


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The Honorable Harvey L. Bryant
Commonwealth's Attorney
City of Virignia Beach

A trial court may not order a person convicted of a felony to serve any confinement in jail on weekends or nonconsecutive days.


The Honorable Mark D. Sickles
Member, House of Delegates

A state agency can negotiate to include in its grant agreement a provision that makes MWAA’s receipt of Virginia funds conditional upon MWAA conducting the procurement in a manner that does not give a preference to offerors who will have a Project Labor Agreement.  Further, although such a condition would be enforceable in accordance with general contract laws, it could not be enforced through the special remedial provisions contained in the new legislation, because MWAA is not subject to the statute providing those remedies.