Doug Peterson

Nebraska Attorney General

Attorney General Opinions

Opinions of the Attorney General are prepared in response to a specific legal question from a state agency or state official in instances where that agency or official has need of a legal opinion in the performance of their duties.  The Attorney General may provide an opinion to state legislators on a question relating to proposed or pending legislation, or when the opinion request “pertains directly to the performance of some function or duty by the Legislature itself.”  (Op. Att’y Gen. No. 157 (December 20, 1985) at 1.)  The Attorney General may also provide opinions to county attorneys when the question posed relates to “all criminal matters and in matters relating to the public revenue.”  Neb. Rev. Stat. § 84-205(3) (2014).  Attorney General Opinions issued after 1989 are available below.

The Attorney General is not authorized to give opinions to local governmental officials or private citizens.

Number Date(asc) Title PDF
21-008 5/4/2021 Whether LR11CA Violates the Separate-Vote Requirement in Neb. Const. art. XVI, § 1. PDF icon 21-008
21-007 4/16/2021 Application of the Legislative Approval Requirement in Neb. Const. art. IV, § 10, to the Governor's Appointment of Members of the Nebraska Brand Committee (LB 572) (AM686) PDF icon 21-007
21-006 4/16/2021 Constitutionality Under the Separation of Powers Clause of Service as a Member of Both the State Board of Health and a Judicial Nominating Commission PDF icon 21-006
21-005 4/9/2021 Authority of an Electric Cooperative Corporation to Make Contributions or Expenditures Supporting or Opposing the Nomination or Election of Candidates for Public Office PDF icon 21-005
21-004 4/6/2021 Constitutionality of Authorizing Electronic Keno Tickets - LB 561 (AM639). PDF icon 21-004
21-003 3/26/2021 Does LB 528, as Amended, Violate the Single Subject Requirement in Neb. Const. art. Ill, § 14? PDF icon 21-003
21-002 3/11/2021 Whether LB 429 violates the separation of powers clause in Neb. Const. art. II,§ 1, by prohibiting the Department of Health and Human Services from implementing any "substantial changes" to the facilities or programs under the jurisdiction of the Office of Juvenile Services "until the conclusion of the earliest regular session of the Legislature in which there has been a reasonable opportunity for legislative consideration of such proposed changes." PDF icon 21-002.pdf
21-001 2/5/2021 Whether Initiative Measure 430, which permits the operation of "games of chance" only by authorized gaming operators within licensed racetrack enclosures "[n]otwithstanding any other provision of law," removes the authorization to conduct other forms of gaming which have been previously permitted (LB 580). PDF icon 21-001
20-010 9/18/2020 Necessity of Legislation to Implement the Department of Health and Human Services' "YRTC & Youth Facilities Initial Transition Plan" PDF icon 20-010
20-009 8/12/2020 Whether Noncompliance with the Legislature's Procedural Rules Invalidates Legislation [LB 814] PDF icon 20-009