Texas Attorney General Opinions

About Attorney General Opinions

An attorney general opinion is a written interpretation of existing law. The Texas Constitution and section 402.042 of the Texas Government Code grant the attorney general authority to issue attorney general opinions.

An attorney general opinion issued under section 402.042 of the Texas Government Code is different from the legal advice, opinions and decisions that the attorney general provides under other Texas statutes. For example, an attorney general opinion issued under section 402.042 of the Texas Government Code is not an Open Records Decision issued under chapter 552 of the Texas Government Code or an All Bond Counsel Letter issued under section 402.044 of the Texas Government Code.

Attorney general opinions are written only at the request of certain officials, called authorized requestors. Section 402.042 of the Texas Government Code lists the authorized requestors of an attorney general opinion. The attorney general may not write legal opinions for private individuals or for any officials other than those specified by statute.

Attorney general opinions do not address matters of fact. They cannot create new provisions in the law or correct unintended, undesirable effects of the law. Attorney general opinions do not necessarily reflect the attorney general's personal views, nor does the attorney general in any way "rule" on what the law should say.

Courts have stated that attorney general opinions are highly persuasive and are entitled to great weight. However, the ultimate determination of a law's applicability, meaning or constitutionality is left to the courts. For this reason, the attorney general generally does not write attorney general opinions on issues that are in pending litigation.

You can learn more about the Texas Attorney General's Office and its activities at http://www.oag.state.tx.us/.

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Waggoner Carr - 1963-1966
Will Wilson - 1957-1962
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Texas Attorney General Opinions in The Portal to Texas History. University of North Texas Libraries. https://texashistory.unt.edu/explore/collections/TXAGO/ accessed July 31, 2021.


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Travis County, TX
142
Harris County, TX
69
Dallas County, TX
59
Bexar County, TX
44
Tarrant County, TX
25
Galveston County, TX
22
El Paso County, TX
17
Hidalgo County, TX
17
Nueces County, TX
17
Jefferson County, TX
16
Brazoria County, TX
14
Denton County, TX
13
Grayson County, TX
13
Harrison County, TX
13
Cameron County, TX
12
Fayette County, TX
11
McLennan County, TX
11
Potter County, TX
11
Walker County, TX
11
Gregg County, TX
10
Smith County, TX
10
Bowie County, TX
9
Kerr County, TX
9
Navarro County, TX
9
Rusk County, TX
9
Waller County, TX
9
Calhoun County, TX
8
Lubbock County, TX
8
Polk County, TX
8
Bee County, TX
7
Bell County, TX
7
Fort Bend County, TX
7
Matagorda County, TX
7
Orange County, TX
7
Wichita County, TX
7
Aransas County, TX
6
Collin County, TX
6
Hays County, TX
6
Hunt County, TX
6
Kaufman County, TX
6
Montgomery County, TX
6
Victoria County, TX
6
Williamson County, TX
6
Chambers County, TX
5
Cochran County, TX
5
Dallam County, TX
5
Fannin County, TX
5
Gray County, TX
5
Jasper County, TX
5
Johnson County, TX
5
Midland County, TX
5
Palo Pinto County, TX
5
Parker County, TX
5
San Patricio County, TX
5
Angelina County, TX
4
Austin County, TX
4
Cooke County, TX
4
Eastland County, TX
4
Ector County, TX
4
Guadalupe County, TX
4
Henderson County, TX
4
Hill County, TX
4
Hopkins County, TX
4
Karnes County, TX
4
Lamar County, TX
4
Marion County, TX
4
Webb County, TX
4
Wharton County, TX
4
Wilson County, TX
4
Andrews County, TX
3
Bosque County, TX
3
Brazos County, TX
3
Brewster County, TX
3
Burleson County, TX
3
Castro County, TX
3
Clay County, TX
3
Colorado County, TX
3
Comal County, TX
3
Dawson County, TX
3
Deaf Smith County, TX
3
Falls County, TX
3
Franklin County, TX
3
Gillespie County, TX
3
Hale County, TX
3
Hansford County, TX
3
Jim Wells County, TX
3
Jones County, TX
3
Kleberg County, TX
3
Milam County, TX
3
Mills County, TX
3
Mitchell County, TX
3
Pecos County, TX
3
Randall County, TX
3
Runnels County, TX
3
Sabine County, TX
3
Shelby County, TX
3
Starr County, TX
3
Taylor County, TX
3
Tom Green County, TX
3
Upton County, TX
3
Uvalde County, TX
3
Wilbarger County, TX
3
Willacy County, TX
3
Winkler County, TX
3
Anderson County, TX
2
Blanco County, TX
2
Brooks County, TX
2
Caldwell County, TX
2
Cass County, TX
2
Childress County, TX
2
Coke County, TX
2
Coryell County, TX
2
DeWitt County, TX
2
Dimmit County, TX
2
Donley County, TX
2
Ellis County, TX
2
Erath County, TX
2
Fisher County, TX
2
Floyd County, TX
2
Goliad County, TX
2
Grimes County, TX
2
Hall County, TX
2
Hamilton County, TX
2
Houston County, TX
2
Howard County, TX
2
Hutchinson County, TX
2
Jack County, TX
2
Kimble County, TX
2
Leon County, TX
2
Liberty County, TX
2
Limestone County, TX
2
Lipscomb County, TX
2
Lynn County, TX
2
Menard County, TX
2
Montague County, TX
2
Nacogdoches County, TX
2
Nolan County, TX
2
Panola County, TX
2
Parmer County, TX
2
Reeves County, TX
2
Refugio County, TX
2
Robertson County, TX
2
San Augustine County, TX
2
San Saba County, TX
2
Shackelford County, TX
2
Stephens County, TX
2
Sutton County, TX
2
Swisher County, TX
2
Titus County, TX
2
Trinity County, TX
2
Tyler County, TX
2
Ward County, TX
2
Washington County, TX
2
Wise County, TX
2
Wood County, TX
2
Yoakum County, TX
2
Zavala County, TX
2
Archer County, TX
1
Armstrong County, TX
1
Bailey County, TX
1
Bandera County, TX
1
Bastrop County, TX
1
Bernalillo County, NM
1
Borden County, TX
1
Burnet County, TX
1
Camp County, TX
1
Carson County, TX
1
Cherokee County, TX
1
Collingsworth County, TX
1
Comanche County, TX
1
Concho County, TX
1
Crane County, TX
1
Crockett County, TX
1
Crosby County, TX
1
Dickens County, TX
1
Duval County, TX
1
Freestone County, TX
1
Frio County, TX
1
Gaines County, TX
1
Hardin County, TX
1
Hartley County, TX
1
Haskell County, TX
1
Hockley County, TX
1
Hood County, TX
1
Jackson County, TX
1
Jim Hogg County, TX
1
Kendall County, TX
1
Kenedy County, TX
1
Kent County, TX
1
King County, TX
1
Knox County, TX
1
Lamb County, TX
1
Lavaca County, TX
1
Live Oak County, TX
1
Llano County, TX
1
Madison County, TX
1
Maverick County, TX
1
McCulloch County, TX
1
McMullen County, TX
1
Newton County, TX
1
Ochiltree County, TX
1
Presidio County, TX
1
Reagan County, TX
1
Red River County, TX
1
Roberts County, TX
1
San Jacinto County, TX
1
Sherman County, TX
1
Stonewall County, TX
1
Terrell County, TX
1
Throckmorton County, TX
1
Upshur County, TX
1
Val Verde County, TX
1
Van Zandt County, TX
1
Wheeler County, TX
1
Young County, TX
1

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