THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
Ken Paxton

Pending Opinion Requests

You can subscribe to the OAG's Pending Opinion Requests list. If you subscribe, you will receive an email informing you of newly posted Requests for Attorney General Opinions. The email will include a link to the pending Opinion Request as well as a brief summary.

The following requests (RQs) have been received by the Opinion Committee, and are currently pending. If you wish to view the request letter in its entirety, go here, and select the desired request letter from the index, or click on the RQ number below.

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RQ-120-KP
Received:Friday, July 22, 2016
Re:Whether a county attorney who is appointed to serve as a special prosecutor may be paid additional compensation
Requestor:Mr. Rick Dollahan
Gaines County Auditor
Post Office Box 847
Seminole, Texas 79360
   
RQ-0119-KP
Received:Friday, July 22, 2016
Re:Administration and procedures related to motor vehicle registration
Requestor:The Honorable Joseph Pickett
Chair, Committee on Transportation
Texas House of Representatives
Post Office Box 2910
Austin, Texas 78768-2910
   
RQ-0118-KP
Received:Thursday, July 21, 2016
Re:Whether certain financial transactions of the San Jacinto River Authority comply with the Public Funds Investment Act and the Public Funds Collateral Act
Requestor:Mr. Lloyd B. Tisdale
President, San Jacinto River Authority
Post Office Box 329
Conroe, Texas 77305
   
RQ-0117-KP
Received:Monday, July 18, 2016
Re:Statutory authority of the Forensic Science Commission, the admissibility of certain forensic analyses in Texas courts, and reporting requirements for certain crime laboratories
Requestor:Dr. J.M. Di Maio, Presiding Officer
Texas Forensic Science Commission
1700 North Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701
   
RQ-0116-KP
Received:Friday, July 8, 2016
Re:Authority of a district attorney to use forfeiture funds for certain purposes
Requestor:Mr. William E. Tye
Bowie County Auditor
710 James Bowie Dr.
New Boston, Texas 75570
   
RQ-0115-KP
Received:Thursday, July 7, 2016
Re:Simultaneous service on the board of trustees of a public library district and on the city council
Requestor:The Honorable Sharen Wilson
Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney
401 West Belknap
Fort Worth, Texas 76196
   
RQ-0112-KP
Received:Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Re:Simultaneous service as a municipal police chief and a constable
Requestor:Ms. Rebecca R. Walton
Hardin County Attorney
Post Office Box 516
Kountze, Texas 77625
   
RQ-0111-KP
Received:Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Re:Authority of county attorneys regarding payments made in conjunction with pretrial diversion agreements
Requestor:Ms. Jennifer Robison
Brown County Auditor
200 South Broadway, No. 106
Brownwood, Texas 76801
   
RQ-0110-KP
Received:Friday, June 10, 2016
Re:Under what circumstances Texas courts afford deference to agency interpretations of statutes
Requestor:David Mattax
Commissioner of Insurance
Texas Department of Insurance
Post Office Box 149104
Austin, Texas 78714-9104
   
RQ-0109-KP
Received:Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Re:Authority of a junior or community college to prohibit the carrying of handguns in classrooms or other areas where minors attend class or are routinely present
Requestor:The Honorable Abel Herrero
Chair, Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence
Post Office Box 2910
Austin, Texas 78768-2910
   
RQ-0108-KP
Received:Thursday, June 2, 2016
Re:The effect of section 130.0827 of the Education Code on the simultaneous service of an individual as a board trustee of Blinn College and a Brazos County commissioner
Requestor:The Honorable Rodney W. Anderson
Brazos County Attorney
300 East 26th Street Suite 1300
Bryan, Texas 77803-5359
   
RQ-0106-KP
Received:Monday, April 11, 2016
Re:Whether an appointing member city's governing body may remove a director it has appointed to the North Texas Municipal Water District
Requestor:The Honorable Jim Keffer
Chair, Committee on Natural Resources
Texas House of Representatives
Post Office Box 2910
Austin, Texas 78768-2910
   
RQ-0105-KP
Received:Monday, April 11, 2016
Re:Whether a county commissioners court has authority to expend county funds on holiday decorations and county literacy programs
Requestor:The Honorable Billy W. Byrd
Upshur County Criminal District Attorney
405 North Titus Street
Gilmer, Texas 75644
   
RQ-0104-KP
Received:Monday, April 4, 2016
Re:Whether a member of a board of trustees of an independent school district may simultaneously serve as a member of a city planning and zoning commission
Requestor:The Honorable Marco A. Montemayor
Webb County Attorney
1110 Washington Street, Suite 301
Laredo, Texas 78040
   
RQ-0103-KP
Received:Thursday, March 17, 2016
Re:Procedures for requesting video surveillance of special education settings pursuant to Education Code section 29.022
Requestor:Mike Morath, Commissioner of Education
Texas Education Agency
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701-1494
   
RQ-0102-KP
Received:Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Re:Whether section 49.052 of the Water Code disqualifies an employee of the county attorney's office from serving as a member of the board of a water control and improvement district in the same county, when the county attorney also provides professional legal services to the water district
Requestor:The Honorable Rodolfo V. Gutierrez
Jim Hogg County Attorney
Post Office Box 847
Hebbronville, Texas 78361
   
RQ-0101-KP
Received:Thursday, March 10, 2016
Re:Whether the State is required to assume liability when a local retirement system created pursuant to article 6243 of the Texas Civil Statutes is unable to meet its obligations
Requestor:The Honorable Jim Murphy
Chair, Committee on Ways and Means
Texas House of Representatives
Post Office Box 2910
Austin, Texas 78768-2910
   
RQ-0100-KP
Received:Friday, February 26, 2016
Re:Whether a commissioners court may impose a vehicle policy that regulates the use, deployment, recording, and tracking of vehicles used by the sheriff
Requestor:The Honorable Wiley B. McAfee
33rd & 424th Judicial Districts
Post Office Box 725
Llano, Texas 78643
   
RQ-0099-KP
Received:Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Re:The constitutionality of a volunteer justice court chaplaincy program and opening daily judicial proceedings with a prayer
Requestor:The Honorable Dan Patrick
Lieutenant Governor of Texas
Post Office Box 12068
Austin, Texas 78711-2068

Ms. Seana Willing, Executive Director
State Commission on Judicial Conduct
Post Office Box 12265
Austin, Texas 78711-2265
   
RQ-0097-KP
Received:Thursday, February 11, 2016
Re:Whether a non-profit entity that has offices on land owned by a municipality may restrict the carrying of concealed handguns on the property
Requestor:The Honorable Lisa Pence
Erath County Attorney
100 West Washington
Stephenville, Texas 76401
   
RQ-0096-KP
Received:Friday, February 12, 2016
Re:Authority if the Texas Lottery Commission to deny, suspend, or revoke a lottery ticket sales agent license in specific instances
Requestor:Chairman J. Winston Krause
Texas Lottery Commission
Post Office Box 16630
Austin, Texas 78761-6630
   
RQ-0095-KP
Received:Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Re:Whether and to what extent limitations exist on the Texas Facilities Commission's ability to renew leases for space under section 2167.055 of the Government Code
Requestor:The Honorable Angie Chen Button
Chair, Committee on Economic & Small Business Development
Texas House of Representatives
Post Office Box 2910
Austin, Texas 78768-2910
   
RQ-0094-KP
Received:Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Re:Application of the conflict of interest rules in chapter 171 of the Local Government Code to members of a Planning and Zoning Commission or a Historic Landmark Commission who reside or own property within the historic district
Requestor:The Honorable Joe Deshotel
Chair, Committee on Land and Resource Management
Texas House of Representatives
Post Office Box 2910
Austin, Texas 78768-2910
   
RQ-1150-GA
Received:Thursday, September 5, 2013
Re:Whether the Texas Constitution prohibits the Texas Military Forces from fulfilling the United States Department of Defense's policy of extending spousal benefits to same-sex spouses
Requestor:Major General John F. Nichols
Adjutant General of Texas
Post Office Box 5218
Camp Mabry
Austin, Texas 78763-5218
   
RQ-1105-GA
Received:Friday, January 25, 2013
Re:Whether a county is a "covered entity" under Health and Safety Code section 181.001(b)(2) and is thereby subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
Requestor:The Honorable Bill Moore
Johnson County Attorney
204 South Buffalo Avenue, Suite 410
Cleburne, Texas 76033