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Attorney General's Opinions & Letters of Advice


Opinions

Attorney General's opinions are issued to answer questions of law raised by public agencies or officials, including:

  • the legislature or either house of the legislature
  • any state officer, board or commission
  • the city attorney of any city or town
  • the county attorney or board of county commissioners of any county

Private citizens may not request Attorney General opinions. See Guidelines for Opinion Requests.

The opinions carry the weight of law, unless they are overturned by a court or the legislature changes the law or laws involved.

Issued Opinions

Letters of Advice

Letters of advice are written communications that, unlike formal attorney general opinions, are typically signed by an assistant attorney general (rather than by the Attorney General) and do not have the binding force of law. Letters of advice may be written when an opinion request raises issues that can be determined by reference to clear statutory authority, a prior formal opinion or case law, or are purely local or fact specific matters on which a formal opinion would not have statewide application, or when the Attorney General determines that some guidance for the requesting party would be helpful but a formal opinion would not be appropriate.

Issued Letters of Advice