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COIA bill amended to eliminate language dealing with Commonwealth’s Attorneys

SB 1430 (Obenshain), as introduced, mandates COIA training for local elected officials by December 31, 2019, and thereafter biennially. In addition, this bill as introduced prohibited a Commonwealth’s Attorney from also serving as a County, City or Town Attorney. SB 1430 was amended and passed in Senate Rules Committee last week to provide that the training could be done electronically and that there shall be no penalty for failing to complete the training. In addition, the language that prohibited a person from serving as Commonwealth’s Attorney and County, City or Town Attorney was eliminated. The bill has advanced to the Senate floor.

VACo Contact: Phyllis Errico, Esq., CAE

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