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 ...

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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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Harris County, TX
20
Bexar County, TX
16
Dallas County, TX
16
Travis County, TX
15
Tarrant County, TX
11
Galveston County, TX
10
Jefferson County, TX
9
Grayson County, TX
8
El Paso County, TX
7
Nueces County, TX
7
Cameron County, TX
6
Gregg County, TX
6
Navarro County, TX
6
Smith County, TX
6
Harrison County, TX
5
Potter County, TX
5
Rusk County, TX
5
Aransas County, TX
4
Lubbock County, TX
4
McLennan County, TX
4
Orange County, TX
4
Polk County, TX
4
Williamson County, TX
4
Bowie County, TX
3
Calhoun County, TX
3
Chambers County, TX
3
Cooke County, TX
3
Dallam County, TX
3
Denton County, TX
3
Fannin County, TX
3
Henderson County, TX
3
Montgomery County, TX
3
Parker County, TX
3
San Patricio County, TX
3
Victoria County, TX
3
Walker County, TX
3
Wichita County, TX
3
Wilson County, TX
3
Andrews County, TX
2
Bee County, TX
2
Brewster County, TX
2
Colorado County, TX
2
Dawson County, TX
2
Donley County, TX
2
Fort Bend County, TX
2
Gray County, TX
2
Hale County, TX
2
Hidalgo County, TX
2
Hopkins County, TX
2
Houston County, TX
2
Jasper County, TX
2
Johnson County, TX
2
Karnes County, TX
2
Kleberg County, TX
2
Lamar County, TX
2
Lynn County, TX
2
Marion County, TX
2
Matagorda County, TX
2
Midland County, TX
2
Mitchell County, TX
2
Pecos County, TX
2
Sabine County, TX
2
San Augustine County, TX
2
Shelby County, TX
2
Sutton County, TX
2
Taylor County, TX
2
Tom Green County, TX
2
Upton County, TX
2
Washington County, TX
2
Winkler County, TX
2
Wise County, TX
2
Anderson County, TX
1
Austin County, TX
1
Bandera County, TX
1
Bell County, TX
1
Borden County, TX
1
Bosque County, TX
1
Brazoria County, TX
1
Brooks County, TX
1
Burleson County, TX
1
Burnet County, TX
1
Caldwell County, TX
1
Carson County, TX
1
Childress County, TX
1
Clay County, TX
1
Coke County, TX
1
Collin County, TX
1
Collingsworth County, TX
1
Comal County, TX
1
Coryell County, TX
1
DeWitt County, TX
1
Deaf Smith County, TX
1
Dickens County, TX
1
Duval County, TX
1
Eastland County, TX
1
Ellis County, TX
1
Falls County, TX
1
Fayette County, TX
1
Fisher County, TX
1
Franklin County, TX
1
Gillespie County, TX
1
Goliad County, TX
1
Guadalupe County, TX
1
Hall County, TX
1
Hansford County, TX
1
Hays County, TX
1
Hockley County, TX
1
Hood County, TX
1
Howard County, TX
1
Hunt County, TX
1
Jim Hogg County, TX
1
Jones County, TX
1
Kaufman County, TX
1
Kerr County, TX
1
Lavaca County, TX
1
Leon County, TX
1
Limestone County, TX
1
Live Oak County, TX
1
McMullen County, TX
1
Menard County, TX
1
Milam County, TX
1
Newton County, TX
1
Nolan County, TX
1
Panola County, TX
1
Randall County, TX
1
Reagan County, TX
1
Red River County, TX
1
Refugio County, TX
1
Robertson County, TX
1
Runnels County, TX
1
Starr County, TX
1
Stephens County, TX
1
Throckmorton County, TX
1
Titus County, TX
1
Trinity County, TX
1
Upshur County, TX
1
Uvalde County, TX
1
Waller County, TX
1
Wharton County, TX
1
Willacy County, TX
1
Zavala County, TX
1