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Formal AG Opinions

These opinions were based on the law as it existed at the time the opinions were issued. They may have been superseded by changes in constitutional, statutory, or case law.

John W. Suthers Monday, November 20, 2006

Concerning his power to authorize the Colorado National Guard to use lethal force when protecting infrastructure critical to the life, health or welfare of the State of Colorado.

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John W. Suthers Monday, September 4, 2006

Whether the Board of Medical Examiners (“Board”) is authorized to take disciplinary action for a criminal “conviction” pending appeal of that conviction.

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John W. Suthers Monday, August 28, 2006
The governor requested an opinion concerning his power to authorize the Colorado National Guard to use lethal force when protecting infrastructure critical to the life. health or welfare of the State of Colorado. This analysis addresses only those situations in which damage to the infrastructure would likely result in death or serious bodily injury to persons, either immediately or in the foreseeable future.
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John W. Suthers Sunday, July 23, 2006
The respective authority of the Colorado Department of Revenue and the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission for the budget and personnel of the Division of Gaming.
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John W. Suthers Monday, April 10, 2006
The right of the Office of the State Auditor (“Auditor”) to access certain confidential information held by the Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
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John W. Suthers Wednesday, March 29, 2006
The application of the County, Municipal, and Political Subdivision Officers’ and Employees’ Retirement Systems, § 24-54-101, et seq. C.R.S. (2005) to metropolitan sewage disposal districts.
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John W. Suthers Sunday, March 12, 2006
Regarding the disposition of investment interest earned on moneys in school districts’ bond redemption funds.
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John W. Suthers Sunday, January 22, 2006

The authority of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (“CCHE”) to grant in-state tuition status to undocumented aliens.

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John W. Suthers Monday, October 17, 2005
The counting of partial terms for purposes of legislative term limits.
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John W. Suthers Sunday, October 16, 2005
The distribution of mineral leasing funds granted to the State of Colorado pursuant to § 34-63-101, C.R.S. (2005). It is being issued to clarify whether the portion of the monies allotted in § 34-63- 102(3)(b)(III), C.R.S. (2005) may be distributed to counties with at least one mine but with no residents who are employees of the mine.
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John W. Suthers Sunday, September 25, 2005
The operation of C.R.S. § 18-1-1001 regarding protection orders against defendants in domestic violence-related cases. This opinion is being issued to clarify whether the provisions of that statute apply to municipal courts and violations of municipal ordinances.
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John W. Suthers Monday, August 15, 2005
The application of term limits to special district candidates who are declared elected after the election is cancelled. The Opinion also analyzes the effect of Colo. Const. art. XVIII, § 11(1) upon elected officials of special districts who resign from their offices prior to the expiration of their terms.
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John W. Suthers Thursday, July 28, 2005
How the College Opportunity Fund affects calculation of federal financial aid, and the effect, if any, that such calculations have on whether such stipend should be considered a state grant for purposes of Colo. Const. Art. X, § 20 ( “TABOR”).
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John W. Suthers Monday, June 6, 2005
Whether, under the current statute dealing with the Colorado Lottery it can promulgate one general rule and individual guidelines for conducting instant scratch games.
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John W. Suthers Tuesday, April 12, 2005
The status of stored value cards, including gift cards, under Colorado's Unclaimed Property Act. It is issued at the request of the State Treasurer, who asks whether Colorado's Unclaimed Property Act applies to stored value cards and gift cards, and if so, which section of the Act is applicable.
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Ken Salazar Sunday, December 5, 2004
The powers of Colorado’s Deputy Treasurer as those powers are delegated from Colorado’s Treasurer.
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Ken Salazar Wednesday, November 17, 2004
Limits to the ability of the General Assembly to alter retirement benefits for public employees under the pension program administered by Public Employees’ Retirement Association of Colorado.
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Ken Salazar Sunday, April 11, 2004
Whether certain individuals who hold positions within a political party may serve on a judicial nominating commission.
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Ken Salazar Monday, March 1, 2004
Is it constitutional to appropriate monies in the Conservation Trust Fund, established by § 29-21-101 (2) (a) (I), C.R.S., to a state agency to pay for audits and reviews of the use of Conservation Trust Fund dollars by local governments, given restrictions on the use of lottery revenues in Article XXVII of the Colorado Constitution?
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Ken Salazar Tuesday, January 13, 2004
Whether Article XXVIII of the Colorado Constitution, a provision concerning campaign and political finance, applies to donations of funds or property from persons or entities that are designated to be used in connection with their office, rather than for election purposes.
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