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Formal Opinions

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  • 2019-03 Formal Opinion Attorney General State of Connecticut

    Whether 2019 Senate Bill 64 (An Act Concerning Captive Audience Meetings) and 2019 Senate Bill 440 (An Act Protecting Employee Freedom of Speech and Conscience) are preempted by the federal National Labor Relations Act

  • 2018-04 Formal Opinion, Attorney General State of Connecticut

    Denise L. Nappier, State Treasurer, asked for a formal opinion concerning the impact of recent legislative amendments on the state’s bond cap and bond covenants.

  • 2018-02 Formal Opinion Attorney General, State of Connecticut

    Honorable Leonard A. Fasano asked for a formal opinion on whether House Bill 5473, An Act Concerning Captive Audience Meetings (HB 5473), is preempted by federal law.

  • 2018-03 Formal Opinion Attorney General State of Connecticut

    You have asked my opinion regarding the ability of the Auditors of Public Accounts (APA or Auditors) to review and copy a report of a private contractor to the Department of Corrections (DOC) regarding the medical care of certain DOC inmates, even though the document is privileged under the attorney-client and attorney work product privileges.

  • 2018-01 Formal Opinion, Attorney General, State of Connecticut

    The Speaker of the House of Representatives has requested opinions on several gaming-related issues. First, you ask questions about the amendments to the existing gaming agreements with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and the Mohegan Tribe (Tribes), and the federal approval thereof, required by Public Act 17-89. Second, you inquire about the implications of a decision in a pending U.S. Supreme Court case that could result in the lifting of a federal prohibition on sports betting. And third, you ask about the legal consequences of legislation creating a request for proposal process for sports betting or casino gaming.

  • 2019-04 Formal Opinion Attorney General State of Connecticut

    The scope of the State Properties Review Board’s (“Board”) statutory authority to review certain state contracts.

  • 2019-05 Formal Opinion Attorney General State of Connecticut

    Whether records in the possession of the House Minority Leader related to her services on the board of directors of The Partnership for Connecticut, Inc. are subject to the disclosure under the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act, Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 1-200 et seq

  • 2019-02 Formal Opinion Attorney General State of Connecticut

    On the constitutionality of Senate Bill 1134, captioned An Act Restructuring the State Bond Commission and Establishing a Dedicated Bonding Section within the Legislative Office of Fiscal Analysis

  • 2019-01 Formal Opinion Attorney General State of Connecticut

    Constitutionality of eliminating the religious exemption for required immunizations, as set forth in Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-204a(a)

  • 2020-01 Formal Opinion Attorney General State of Connecticut

    Whether Section 3 of the July 15, 2020 version of the proposed Police Accountability Bill (LCO 3471) would interact with collectively bargained grievance procedures.

  • 2017-02 Formal Opinion, Attorney General, State of Connecticut

    Governor Malloy has requested an opinion, in light of the enactment of Special Act 15-7 and the subsequent developments pursuant to it, of the risks associated with moving forward with the process for authorizing a casino gaming facility operated by an entity jointly owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation (MPTN) and the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut (Mohegan) (collectively, Tribes).

  • 2017-03 Formal Opinion, Attorney General, State of Connecticut

    Honorable Senator Bob Duff has asked whether certain potential changes to Connecticut's Education Cost Sharing ("ECS") formula would violate our state constitution. Specifically, you ask whether our constitution requires that the ECS formula measure a town's ability to raise property tax revenue "using a ratio of ninety percent property wealth and ten percent income wealth."

  • 2017-04 Formal Opinion, Attorney General, State of Connecticut

    Commissioner Robert Klee asked my office for an opinion identifying the owner of a structure commonly known as the Stonington Harbor Breakwater, which is located in the Stonington Harbor adjacent to Stonington, CT (the "Breakwater").

  • 2017-05 Formal Opinion, Attorney General, State of Connecticut

    Formal opinion on whether, for purposes of administering the provisions of Conn. Gen. Stat. § 29-28(b), a resident of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation (MPTN) reservation is a bona fide permanent resident of the Town of Ledyard such that local authorities are empowered to issue a temporary state permit to such individuals, and based thereon, the Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (Commissioner) is authorized to issue a state permit to carry pistols and revolvers.

  • 2017-06 Formal Opinion, Attorney General, State of Connecticut

    Speaker Aresimowicz and Majority Leader Ritter have requested an opinion about whether the legal principles and cautions set forth in Attorney General Opinion No. 89-11 , 1989 WL 505894 (May 9, 1989) ("Opinion 89-11 ") concerning the constitutionality of legislative enactments altering the provisions of collective bargaining agreements between the State and its employees remain in force today. Although subsequent cases have further developed the law, we conclude that the principles and cautions expressed in Opinion 89-11 continue to apply.