Office of the Attorney General

Friday, December 19, 2014

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion Concerning the Interplay Between a Wisconsin Statute and the General Agreement on Trade in Services

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion to Deputy Secretary of the DNR Concerning "Responsible Units" established Under State Waste Management Laws

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion to Waukesha District Attorney Brad Schimel Concerning Whether a City Alder Would Violate the "Private Interest in Public Contract" Statute When City Makes Zoning Decision on Property in Which Alder has a Partial Interest

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion to Waupaca County Corporation Counsel Jeffrey J. Sierwert Concerning Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (Polst) Forms

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issues Formal Opinion to the Government Accountability Board Concerning the Applicability of Wisconsin's Open Meetings Law to the Activities of Election Canvassng Boards

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion to Bill Lueders of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism Concerning Advance Notification to State and Local Public Officials Before Releasing Records

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion to Kenosha County Corporation Counsel Concerning a County Executive's Veto Authority to Amend a Line Item Budget Appropriation

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion to University of Wisconsin System and Department of Public Instruction Legal Counsel Concerning the "Course Options" Statute as it Relates to Concurrent Enrollment

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion to the Government Accountability Board Concerning Whether the Board Could Release its Confidential Investigative Records to the Legislative Audit Bureau

Friday, May 30, 2014

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion to Wisconsin Department of Transportation Concerning Effect of Operating-Under-the-Influence Convictions on License Revocation

Friday, January 24, 2014

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion Concerning Partition Actions on Local Zoning Regulations and County Authority Requiring Prior Review of Sales or Exchanges of Land Between Adjoining Landowners

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion Concerning Milwaukee County Board Confirmations of County Executive Appointments

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion Concerning Certain Activities of a County Executive and Requirements of Department Heads Appointed by a County Executive.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion Concerning Whether Certain Insurance or the Payment of Insurance Premiums for County Supervisors Is Considered Compensation.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion Concerning Residential Lease Provisions Requiring Departing Tenants to Pay for Carpet Cleaning

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion Concerning Whether a Deputy Sheriff May Serve as a County Board Supervisor.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen today issued a formal opinion to Langlade County Corporation Counsel Robin J. Stowe concerning a county’s authority to exchange surplus funds for U.S. gold coins.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion Concerning the Authority of County Boards to Contract for the Services of a Private Attorney in Civil Matters

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Formal Opinion Concerning the Recording of "Land Patents" Created by Private Individuals

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion Concerning Restitution Awarded in Civil Forfeiture Prosecution for County Ordinance Violation

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion Concerning Issuance of Drivers Licenses to Foreign Nationals with Deferred Action Status

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion Concerning How Solid Waste Management Departments Are To Be Run In Counties With A County Administrator

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion Concerning Proposed Expenditures For Previously Planned City Projects In Connection With Tax Incremental Districts

Monday, December 19, 2011

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion Concerning Health Insurance Premiums for County Supervisors

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion: Wisconsin Constitution Requires a Separate Petition for Recall of Governor and Lieutenant Governor

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion that County Board May Designate Public Highway as All-Terrain Route to Primarily Benefit Private Organization, Provided that Public Funds are Not Used

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion on Power of County Boards to Enact Ordinance Requiring Competitive Bidding for Highway Projects

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion Addressing Whether a Sitting Member of the County Board of Supervisors Must First Resign Before Being Appointed to the Permanent Position of County Administrative Coordinator

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion Addressing Conservation Easements on County Forest Lands

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Corporation Counsel, Representing the State in Cases Involving Children in Need of Protective Services and Termination of Parental Rights May Not Have Unrestricted Access to WCCA Juvenile Court Case Records

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Municipalities May Not Impose on Dwelling Contractors Education or Financial Responsibility Requirements that are Greater than Those Required for Certification in State Law

Monday, August 9, 2010

Direct Impact of Citizens United on Wisconsin Campaign Financing Laws

Monday, August 2, 2010

Corporation Counsel's Discretionary Authority in Initiating Involuntary Commitment Proceedings

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Towns Cannot Require Other Units of Government to Engage in "Coordination," Attorney General Van Hollen Reasons in Formal Opinion

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion Approving Transmission of Certain Confidential Case Information Between Courts & Law Enforcement

Thursday, January 28, 2010

County Boards May Not Reassign Appointment Powers Statutorily Vested in County Administrators or County Executives, Van Hollen Concludes in Formal Opinion

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Prosecutors May Not Forgo Filing Charges, Nor Can They Amend or Dismiss Charges, in Exchange for a Defendant's Agreement to Reimburse Law Enforcement for the Costs of an OWI Blood Withdrawal

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Law Enforcement Agencies May Not Retain Unclaimed Contraband Money for Own Use

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Assistant District Attorneys on Furlough are Entitled to State Representation and Indemnification if They are Carrying out Duties Within the Scope of Their Employment

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Municipal Courts May Not Charge Separate Fees For Each Issuance of Process in a Single Action

Monday, November 16, 2009

As a law enforcement agency, a sheriff's department has the ability to fingerprint individuals

Monday, November 16, 2009

Wis. Stat. § 12.13(5) prohibition against disclosure of certain records and investigative information related to possible violations of state elections, lobbying and ethics law

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Act 28 Requires Prevailing Wages to be Paid on Certain Public Works Projects Where one Municipality Performs Project for Another Municipality, Changing Current Law Effective January 1, 2010

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Van Hollen Issues Formal Legal Opinion Affirming the Ability of Counties to Enter Into Intergovernmental Agreements to Furnish Nursing Home Services to Medicaid-Eligible Persons

Monday, July 13, 2009

Attorneys Who Have Had Their Law Licenses Revoked or Suspended For Any Reason Are Not Entitled to Receive Permanent Notary Public Commissions

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

County Executives, Not County Boards, Have Power To Appoint Member Of Public Inland Lake And Rehabilitation District Board Commission

Monday, April 20, 2009

Sheriffs May Not Lend Money To Persons Charged With A Crime So That They Can Make Bail, AG Van Hollen Determines In Formal Opinion

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Statutory Changes Allow State Of Wisconsin Investment Board To Make Prudent Investments From Other Than Enumerated List, Van Hollen Reasons In Formal Opinion

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A.G. Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion On How 2001 Wisconsin Act 1 Has Impacted Prosecution Of Potential Violations Of Election Laws, Lobby Laws And Ethics Laws

Friday, October 24, 2008

Circuit Court Must Absorb Costs for Necessary Interpreter Services

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Inter-Agency Law Enforcement Mutual Assistance Statute Does Not Apply To Tribal Law Enforcement, Van Hollen Reasons In Formal Opinion

Thursday, September 4, 2008

A.G. Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion Clarifying Relationship Between County Executive, County Human Services Director, And County Health Officer

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Attorney General Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion Relating To Appointment Of County Auditors and Limitations On A County's Ability To Transfer Functions Of A County Clerk To A Separate Official

Thursday, April 10, 2008

School Boards May Not Deny Enrollment To Students Based On Their Expulsion From Private Schools Or Out-Of-State Public Schools

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

A Former Judge Whose Judicial Term Has Not Expired May Not Serve On Government Accountability Board

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Potential Jurors Must Be Summoned At Random

Thursday, February 14, 2008

How Gifts To County Human Services Departments Are To Be Accepted By Counties

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Various Issues Concerning The Publication Of County Proceedings And The Publication Of County Legal Notices

Thursday, December 20, 2007

State Law Prohibiting School District Transfer Applications Based On Race Of Applicant Violates Federal Constitution's Equal Protection Guarantees

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Illegal Aliens Not Eligible For State Licensing And Credentialing

Friday, June 8, 2007

A County Board Chairperson May Be Removed From Position By Majority Vote Of County Board

Friday, June 8, 2007

A County Board May Not Appoint Two Persons From Same Town To County Board of Adjustment