The Opinions Section is the primary section that gives advice to public officials on various states laws such as the Open Meetings Act, the Competitive Bid and Public Works Laws, the Fair Campaign Practices Act, and other laws on voting.
Services this Section Provides
The Code of Alabama specifically calls upon the Attorney General to issue official opinions about state law. Often state law can be confusing; therefore, public officials may request that the Attorney General give his legal interpretation of the law in understandable terms. Upon written request, the Attorney General furnishes written opinions on questions of law to state departments, agencies, boards and commissions; the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee (Committee) of either House upon a matter under consideration by the Committee; legislators, if there is some nexus between the question posed and a perceived legislative duty; and to certain other public officials and political subdivisions.
Online Request Form for Public Officials
The Attorney General does not address issues concerning matters currently in litigation. The request form is in Adobe Acrobat's PDF format, Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view PDF files. This is a free program available from the Adobe website.
The Request Form allows you to fill in and save the form; however, it MUST be printed, contain an original signature, and be mailed to the Attorney General's Office.
If the opinion request is submitted by a board or governing body, a resolution from the board or governing body should also be included setting forth the facts showing the nature and character of the question that makes the advice sought necessary to the present performance of some official act that the officer must immediately perform.
The Opinions Section Contact Information
Office of Alabama Attorney General
Post Office Box 300152
Montgomery, Alabama 36130
501 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36104