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HB 706 - Authorizes Legislators to Hire Counsel to Represent Virginia in Court - Key Vote

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Legislation - Referred to Committee (Senate) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (65-32) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorizes Legislators to Hire Counsel to Represent Virginia in Court

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes legislators to hire counsel to represent Virginia in court if the Attorney General refuses.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes the House of Delegates, the Senate of Virginia, the General Assembly, or a current member of the General Assembly to intervene as a party representing the state, if the Governor and Attorney General choose not to defend a law in a legal proceeding that deals with the following issues (Sec. 1):
    • A provision of the Constitution of Virginia is contested; or
    • A law’s constitutionality, legality, or application is contested. 
  • Rep. Barry Knight is not listed on our vote breakdown because his vote did not accurately reflect his intentions; he intended to vote "Yea."
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Authorizes Legislators to Hire Counsel to Represent Virginia in Court

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