Tex. Gov't Code Section 402.042
Questions of Public Interest and Official Duties


(a)

On request of a person listed in Subsection (b), the attorney general shall issue a written opinion on a question affecting the public interest or concerning the official duties of the requesting person.

(b)

An opinion may be requested by:

(1)

the governor;

(2)

the head of a department of state government;

(3)

a head or board of a penal institution;

(4)

a head or board of an eleemosynary institution;

(5)

the head of a state board;

(6)

a regent or trustee of a state educational institution;

(7)

a committee of a house of the legislature;

(8)

a county auditor authorized by law; or

(9)

the chairman of the governing board of a river authority.

(c)

A request for an opinion must be in writing and sent by certified or registered mail, with return receipt requested, addressed to the office of the attorney general in Austin, or electronically to an electronic mail address designated by the attorney general for the purpose of receiving requests for opinions under this section. The attorney general shall:

(1)

acknowledge receipt of the request not later than the 15th day after the date that it is received; and

(2)

issue the opinion not later than the 180th day after the date that it is received, unless before that deadline the attorney general notifies the requesting person in writing that the opinion will be delayed or not rendered and states the reasons for the delay or refusal.

(d)

The attorney general and the requesting person by written agreement may waive the provisions of Subsections (a) and (c) if the waiver does not substantially prejudice any person’s legal rights.
Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 147, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.
Amended by:
Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 403 (S.B. 246), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2013.

Source: Section 402.042 — Questions of Public Interest and Official Duties, https://statutes.­capitol.­texas.­gov/Docs/GV/htm/GV.­402.­htm#402.­042 (accessed Feb. 22, 2024).

402.001
Assistants
402.002
Register
402.003
Report
402.004
Admission, Agreement, or Waiver
402.005
Acceptance of Gifts, Grants, and Forfeited Assets
402.006
Fees
402.007
Payment to Treasury
402.008
Office
402.009
Authority to Employ and Commission Peace Officers
402.010
Legal Challenges to Constitutionality of State Statutes
402.021
Representation of State
402.023
Corporate Charters
402.024
Defense of District Attorney or Grand Juror
402.025
Property Transactions
402.026
Inspection of Accounts
402.027
Forms
402.028
Assistance to Prosecuting Attorneys
402.029
Notice of Attorney of Record
402.030
Participation by Fathers
402.031
Preparation of Landowner’s Bill of Rights Statement
402.033
Reporting Fraudulent Activities
402.034
Human Trafficking Prevention Coordinating Council
402.035
Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force
402.036
Support Adoption Account
402.037
Support Adoption Advisory Committee
402.038
Transnational and Organized Crime Division
402.039
Domestic Violence High Risk Teams Grant Program
402.041
Definition
402.042
Questions of Public Interest and Official Duties
402.043
Questions Relating to Actions in Which the State Is Interested
402.044
Questions Relating to Bonds
402.045
Limitation
402.0212
Provision of Legal Services--outside Counsel
402.0213
Appearance Through Videoconferencing Technology
402.0231
Corporate Integrity Unit
402.0241
Defense of Local Entities in Suits Related to Immigration Detainer Requests
402.0281
Internet Service Provider Database
402.0351
Required Posting of Human Trafficking Signs by Certain Entities

Accessed:
Feb. 22, 2024

§ 402.042’s source at texas​.gov