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What is an Attorney General opinion?

Section 27.040, Revised Statutes of Missouri, authorizes the Missouri Attorney General to issue formal opinions to certain government officials on questions of law that relate to their governmental duties.

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Who can request an opinion from the Attorney General?

Among the officials authorized to request opinions are state legislators, statewide elected officials, state department heads and county prosecuting attorneys.

The Attorney General is not allowed to issue opinions to persons other than those specifically mentioned in Section 27.040, Revised Statutes of Missouri and is not allowed to issue opinions on questions that fall outside the scope of those persons official governmental duties.

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How does a government official request an opinion on a question of law from the Attorney General?

To request an opinion on a question of law that relates to the discharge of official governmental duties, complete the form to request an Attorney General opinion [word format] [pdf format].

Once the form is completed, mail it to:

Opinions Unit
Missouri Attorney General's Office
P.O. Box 899
Jefferson City, MO 65102

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