Attorney General’s Opinions

The Attorney General's Office researches and prepares legal opinions in response to requests from elected officials or government agencies seeking interpretation and advice on state laws.

Opinions issued from 2011-2016 are available on this website. Use the search function below or click the links to browse by year. For opinions issued prior to 2011, please visit the opinions database hosted by Washburn Law School.

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Please remember, the Attorney General represents the State of Kansas and its public officials in legal matters. We cannot provide legal advice or represent individuals in personal legal matters or disputes with local or state government. However, we can provide general information and direct individuals to appropriate agencies.

    Please note: Many factors, including subsequent legislation and court decisions, can affect the validity of past opinions. In most cases, determining the accuracy of past opinions requires a complete re-examination of the questions addressed in the opinion. It is impossible to maintain a constant review of the validity of past opinions. Our opinions are written to explain the legal issues and the law at the time the opinion is written.

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    The basis for determining the number of write-in votes required for a person’s name to appear on the general election ballot is the total of the current voter registration designated in the state, co...
    August 26, 2020PDF138.27 KB
    Because Executive Order 20-59 is a statewide order relating to public health, boards of county commissioners have statutory authority under L. 2020 Special Session, Ch. 1, § 33 to issue an order rela...
    August 11, 2020PDF306.71 KB
    Article 4, § 1 of the Kansas Constitution prescribes the methods by which votes may be cast but is silent on the method to be used for allocating votes and therefore does not prohibit the use of rank...
    June 02, 2020PDF84.38 KB

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    For opinions issued prior to 2011, please visit the opinions database hosted by the Washburn University School of Law.