The Opinions Department prepares drafts of the following kinds of formal, written opinions for the Attorney General’s review and approval:
- First, State law requires the Attorney General to respond to questions posed by certain State officials and county election commissioners about their official actions and duties. Ark. Code Ann. § 25-16-706.
- Another statute requires the Attorney General to ensure that interlocal cooperation agreements meet certain legal requirements. Ark. Code Ann. § 25-20-101, et seq.
- The Attorney General is required by law to provide an opinion within three days on matters related to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for certain employee-related documents. The FOIA permits the custodian, the person requesting such records or the subject of the request to ask the Attorney General whether the custodian’s decision to release or withhold the documents is consistent with the FOIA. Ark. Code Ann. § 25-19-105(c)(3)(B).
- Finally, an election-law statute requires the Attorney General to say whether the popular names and ballot titles of certain ballot measures meet certain legal requirements before an entity may begin soliciting signatures for an initiative to be placed on the ballot. Ark. Code Ann. § 7-9-107.
The Attorney General is prohibited under the law from giving official opinions to local officials, private citizens or private entities.
For more information about the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, please visit the Media Center.