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.