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Official Opinions


March 2014 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.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Official opinions represent the attorney general’s analysis of current law based on his thorough research of existing statutes, the Virginia and United States constitutions, and relevant court decisions.  They are not "rulings" and do not create new law, nor do they change existing law.  Creating and amending laws are the responsibility of the General Assembly, not the attorney general. 

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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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Honorable Jeffrey Haislip, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Fluvanna County

Because a county board of supervisors constitutes neither a “department” nor an “agency” within the scope of the relevant statutory provisions, its members are not subject to the provisions of §§ 15.2-1239 and 15.2-1240

Honorable Michele B. McQuigg, Clerk of Circuit Court, Prince William County

So long as the grantor is an organization that meets the criteria set forth in § 58.1-811(A)(14), a deed or contract offered for recording is exempt from the taxes enumerated in §§ 58.1-801 and 58.1-807, and neither the grantee nor the grantor is required to pay those taxes.