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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 They may have been superseded by changes in constitutional, statutory, or case law.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 Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The extent to which federal law allows the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo ("the Institute") to notify outside authorities, including media and public schools, when forensic patients escape or when civil patients elope, and to what extent the Institute can provide current threat assessments when patients escape or elope.
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John W. Suthers Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Application of Colorado law to interconnection agreements between cooperative electric associations and their customers who install renewable energy systems.
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John W. Suthers Thursday, May 20, 2010
Collegeinvest's authority to engage an outside vendor to provide legislative strategy and lobbying services.
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John W. Suthers Sunday, January 31, 2010

The application and scope of HB 08-1407.

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John W. Suthers Thursday, January 14, 2010
The application of Colorado laws allocating a portion of state capital construction appropriations to the acquisition of works of art to construction projects being financed through the Higher Education Federal Mineral Lease Revenues Fund.
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John W. Suthers Sunday, November 15, 2009
The applicability of state sales tax to the purchase and sales of medical marijuana.
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John W. Suthers Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Whether the Governor may order mandatory furloughs for State employees in executive agencies, and, if so, whether he may order mandatory furloughs in a particular department or departments, but exclude otherwise similarly-situated positions in other departments from these furloughs; and whether he may exempt from mandatory furloughs positions with particular duties or positions in particular agencies or divisions?

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John W. Suthers Sunday, July 12, 2009

Whether funding limitations on the calculation of Adams State College’s full-time equivalent student enrollment enacted into law by House Bill 09-1272 are consistent with Article XVIII, § 9(7)(c)(III)(A) of the Colorado Constitution.

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John W. Suthers Monday, June 8, 2009

The applicability of sections 24-72.1-101 through -106, C.R.S. (2008) (“Secure and Verifiable Identity Documents Act, ” hereinafter “SVIDA”) and sections 24-76.5-101 through -103, C.R.S. (2008) (“Restrictions on Public Benefits Act,” ereinafter “RPBA”) to sales of Lottery tickets and licensing of Lottery retailers.

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John W. Suthers Sunday, April 5, 2009
The question of whether Clinical Security Officers employed at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo ("CMHIP") must be reclassified unless they become Peace Officers.
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John W. Suthers Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Whether any of the revenues raised under the recently-passed Amendment 50 would be available for Mesa State College and its students.

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John W. Suthers Thursday, November 20, 2008

The legality of pari-mutuel wagering by Colorado residents by telephone, internet or other electronic device.

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John W. Suthers Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The question of whether, under § 26-5-104(7), C.R.S. (2007), unexpended capped funds for child welfare services may be allocated to counties that have exceeded their capped allocation for child welfare services even if the counties have not experienced caseload increases beyond the caseload estimate used to determine their capped allocation.

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John W. Suthers Thursday, January 31, 2008

The authority of the Colorado Division of Housing to inspect and certify factory-built structures that are brought to Colorado to be rented, or otherwise used, but are not manufactured, substantially altered or repaired, sold or offered for sale within Colorado.

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John W. Suthers Friday, November 30, 2007

Whether Colorado public high school students who enrolled at institutions of higher education pursuant to §§ 22-35-105(2), (3)(C) and (4), C.R.S. (2007) of the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act are subject to verification of lawful presence under House Bill 06S-1023, or whether they are exempt from it under of the provisions of § 22-35-105(3)(IV), C.R.S. (2007).

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John W. Suthers Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Whether state workers have a right to refuse to work or “strike,” whether there are any limitations if such a right exists, and finally the effect of Executive Order D 028 07 regarding such a right.

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John W. Suthers Sunday, October 28, 2007

Concerning the legal powers of a person appointed to the Commission by the Governor after the adjournment of the Colorado Senate.

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John W. Suthers Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The ability of a non-profit entity that has been designated as a public housing agency under federal law to provide housing services with the geographical jurisdiction of state public housing authorities.

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John W. Suthers Monday, August 13, 2007

The question of whether a person qualifies for in-state tuition at a public college or university under the following circumstances: the person is a United States citizen, under the age of 22, and not emancipated; and the person’s parents1 have lived in Colorado for at least 12 continuous months prior to the student’s enrollment with the intent to stay, but are undocumented.

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John W. Suthers Sunday, August 12, 2007

Whether the newly-enacted § 22-2-105(6), C.R.S., which states that during his term of office a member of the State Board of Education (“State Board”) shall not be an employee of the Colorado Department of Education (“CDE”), will affect the continued employment of State Board member Randy DeHoff as the Executive Director of the Charter School Institute (“Institute”).

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