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The opinions fall into two broad categories:

  • Formal Opinions
    • Address constitutional issues and matters of statewide concern
    • Are signed by the Attorney General
    • Are listed in the subject index with a four-digit number, i.e. “OP 8246”
  • Informal Opinions
    • Address matters with little or no community impact
    • Are signed by the Chief Counsel of the Department of Justice General Counsel Division
    • Are listed in the subject index with a year and dash, i.e. “OP 1997-1”

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OP 8296

Department of Consumer & Business Services

March 14, 2019

This opinion addresses the use of private entities to perform governmental functions.

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OP 8295

Governor Kate Brown

February 20, 2019

This opinion addresses the enforceability of an 1865 treaty with the Warm Springs tribe with respect to the tribe’s off-reservation hunting rights.

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OP 8294

Oregon Department of Human Services

September 11, 2018

This opinion addresses mandatory child abuse reporting in the context of sexual activity between minors.

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OP 8293

Oregon Health Authority

August 21, 2018

This opinion addresses whether the Oregon Health Authority can disclose in bulk the addresses of medical marijuana grow sites to law enforcement.

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OP-2018-1

Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists

February 15, 2018

The right of a noncustodial parent to inspect a child’s records from a licensed professional counselor or a marriage and family therapist.

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