Attorney General, Office of; employment of outside counsel where a conflict of interests exists. (SB651)

Introduced By

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg) with support from 21 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Sen. Kenneth Alexander (D-Norfolk), Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg), Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake), Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke), Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Lynchburg), Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon), Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), Sen. Steve Martin (R-Chesterfield), Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville), Sen. Jeff McWaters (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest), Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg), Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania), Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville), Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield), Sen. Ralph Smith (R-Roanoke), Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta), Sen. Walter Stosch (R-Glen Allen), Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland), Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester), Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Office of the Attorney General; employment of outside counsel where a conflict of interests exists. Requires the Attorney General's office to enter into an agreement with outside counsel to provide legal services in a matter when the Attorney General certifies to the Governor that it would be improper for his office to do so because a conflict of interests exists. The compensation for the legal services provided shall be based upon a reasonable per hour fee and shall be expended from funds appropriated to the Attorney General's office. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/17/2014Presented and ordered printed 14103396D
01/17/2014Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/20/2014Rereferred to Finance
01/20/2014Rereferred from General Laws and Technology (12-Y 0-N)
01/20/2014Rereferred to Rules
01/24/2014Reported from Rules with substitute (14-Y 0-N)
01/24/2014Committee substitute printed 14104432D-S1
01/27/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/27/2014Incorporates SB220
01/28/2014Passed by for the day
01/29/2014Passed by for the day
01/30/2014Read second time
01/30/2014Reading of substitute waived
01/30/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104432D-S1
01/30/2014Reading of amendment waived
01/30/2014Amendment by Senator Petersen rejected (10-Y 30-N)
01/30/2014Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB651S1
01/31/2014Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 1-N)
02/07/2014Placed on Calendar
02/07/2014Read first time
02/07/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/14/2014Assigned Courts sub: Ethics
02/19/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
02/21/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2014Read second time
02/26/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB651S1)
02/26/2014Read third time
02/26/2014Committee amendment agreed to
02/26/2014Engrossed by House as amended
02/26/2014Passed House with amendment BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/26/2014VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2014House amendment agreed to by Senate (37-Y 3-N)
03/05/2014Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB651ER)
03/05/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB651ER)
03/05/2014Signed by Speaker
03/08/2014Signed by President
04/06/2014Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/22/2014Placed on Calendar
04/23/2014Passed by temporarily
04/23/2014Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (20-Y 19-N)
04/23/2014House rejected Governor's recommendation (27-Y 66-N)
04/23/2014VOTE: REJECTED (27-Y 66-N)
04/23/2014Communicated to Governor
05/23/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 824 (effective 7/1/14)
05/23/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0824)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 5 clips in all, totaling 32 minutes.