State law restricts who may request and receive an Attorney General's Opinion. The Attorney General may issue opinions only to state agencies and officials, the state legislature, county state's attorneys, certain city officials, water resource boards, soil conservation districts, health district boards, the Judicial Conduct Commission, and the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District. An Attorney General's opinion protects a public official who follows it from liability, even if a court later disagrees with the opinion.
Open Record and Open Meeting Opinions
Any person may request an opinion regarding an alleged violation of the state's open records or open meetings laws. The opinion is issued to the public entity that allegedly violated the law, with a copy to the requester.
For more information see: Open Records and Open Meetings
Attorney General opinions are provided to Westlaw and LEXIS. For convenience, Attorney General opinions issued from 1942 to date are available for download from the Office of Attorney General website. Individual copies of opinions issued prior to 1942 may be requested by contacting the Office of Attorney General at (701) 328-2210, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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