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AG Opinions

One function of the Attorney General is to issue opinions to legislators and other state officers regarding questions of law in which the officer is officially interested. 

Generally, public officials are required to act in accordance with an Attorney General opinion unless or until the opinion is set aside by a court. However, opinions that conclude a statute is unconstitutional are advisory only.

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May 23, 2017

To the extent the three-day rule in 57 O.S.Supp.2016, § 37(E) requires a county to bear the cost of housing an inmate after a judgment and sentence has been ordered by the court, the statute violates Article XXI, Section 1 of the Oklahoma Constitution by requiring the county to support a state penal institution.

May 4, 2017

The Oklahoma Lottery Commission may not accept entries for sweepstakes promotions through an internet-based web application.

April 17, 2017

The act of voting on a city or municipal resolution that solely expresses a viewpoint on an initiative measure does not itself authorize the expenditure of any public funds.



74 O.S. § 18b (A(5)) provides the following language: The duties of the Attorney General as the chief law officer of the state shall be ... To give an opinion in writing upon all questions of law submitted to the Attorney General by the Legislature or either branch thereof, or by any state officer, board, commission or department, provided, that the Attorney General shall not furnish opinions to any but district attorneys, the Legislature or either branch thereof, or any other state official, board, commission or department, and to them only upon matters in which they are officially interested.