Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act; issuance of civil investigative demands. (SB831)

Introduced By

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Issuance of civil investigative demands under the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act.  Provides that the Attorney General may not issue a civil investigative demand to a Virginia public institution of higher education when the claim relates to a matter of academic inquiry or research. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/07/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11103237D
01/07/2011Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/11/2011Assigned Courts sub: Civil
01/31/2011Committee substitute printed 11104833D-S1
01/31/2011Incorporates SB1314
01/31/2011Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2011Read second time
02/02/2011Reading of substitute waived
02/02/2011Committee substitute agreed to 11104833D-S1
02/02/2011Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB831S1
02/03/2011Read third time and passed Senate (24-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2011Placed on Calendar
02/07/2011Read first time
02/07/2011Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/07/2011Assigned Courts sub: #2 Civil
02/16/2011Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/22/2011Left in Courts of Justice


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 6 minutes.


ppradoslaw writes:

This bill, is little more than a blunt overreaction to the actions of the AG. The provisions are vague and if passed will apply after this AG has left office.

Jerry L. Coffey PhD writes:

This no more no less than a shield law for academic fraud. Why should fraud conducted under the color of "academic inquiry or research" be priviledged in any manner? From my perspective as a scientist, such fraud should be pursued more aggressively not less. As an alumnus of U. VA. (former resident of 19 West Lawn, member of Phi Beta Kappa, and recipient of many academic honors at the University) I am ashamed of their amoral response to the sleazy activities of one or more of their professors. It is unconscionable that they have sought political cover for their misdeeds.