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Democratic Leader Calls for Investigation of Puckett Resignation

The House of Delegates Democratic Minority Leader David Toscano says he will call for an Inspector General’s investigation into the resignation of former Senator Phillip Puckett, which gave control of the Senate to the Republicans. On the House floor Thursday night Toscano raised questions about whether Puckett’s resignation was given in exchange for a 6 figure job with the state Tobacco Commission. Toscano says the investigation would answer bigger questions about how the Tobacco Commission operates and ensure that the state is getting a proper return on their investment into the programs they are funding. The Tobacco Commission controls the distribution of Virginia’s share of a multi-billion dollar settlement with the four largest U.S. tobacco companies to recover costs associated with treating smoking-related illnesses. The additional balance has been allocated to creating jobs in Southside Virginia.