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Code of Virginia
Title 2.2. Administration of Government
Chapter 28. General Provisions
11/21/2018

§ 2.2-2832. Retaliatory actions against persons providing testimony before a committee or subcommittee of the General Assembly.

A. No officer or employee of a state agency shall use his public position to retaliate or threaten to retaliate against a person providing testimony before a committee or subcommittee of the General Assembly.

B. To be covered by the provisions of this section, a person who provides testimony before a committee or subcommittee of the General Assembly shall do so in good faith and upon a reasonable belief that the information is accurate. Testimony that is reckless or that the person knew or should have known was false, confidential, malicious, or otherwise prohibited by law or policy shall not be deemed good faith testimony.

C. Any person who believes that he is the subject of retaliatory action by an officer or employee of a state agency on account of testimony that he provided before a committee or subcommittee of the General Assembly may file a complaint with the Office of the State Inspector General.

D. Intentional violation of subsection A by an officer or employee of a state agency shall constitute malfeasance in office and shall subject the officer or employee responsible to suspension or removal from office, as may be provided by law in other cases of malfeasance.

2016, c. 628.

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