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2006 Formal Opinions
11/13/2006Honorable J. Robert Galvin, M.D., MPH, 2006-025 Formal Opinion, Attorney General State of Connecticut
  This is in response to your request for a formal opinion regarding Public Act No. 05-149: An Act Permitting Stem Cell Research and Banning the Cloning of Human Beings.
 
11/9/2006Susan O. Storey, Chief Public Defender, Formal Opinion 2006-024, Attorney General State of Connecticut
  You have asked for a formal opinion whether the State of Connecticut satisfies the requirements of § 413 of the Justice for All Act of 2004 (the Act).
 
10/24/2006Honorable William J. Lavery, Chief Court Administrator, Formal Opinion 2006-023, Attorney General State of Connecticut
  You ask whether the United States Marshals Service (“the Marshals Service”) may access the Judicial Branch’s Paperless Rearrest Warrant Notification (“PRAWN”) database, which contains records of all rearrest warrants issued by the Superior Court.
 
9/22/2006Honorable Edwin R. Rodriguez, Formal Opinion 2006-022, Attorney General, State of Connecticut
  This will acknowledge and reply to your request on behalf of the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) for amplification of DCP’s authority over apprentices, as expressed in a formal opinion of my Office to the Commissioner of Labor dated November 8, 2005, in light of the provisions of Conn. Gen. Stat. § 20-333.
 
8/18/2006Honorable Robert Genuario, Office of Policy & Management, Formal Opinion 2006-021, Attorney General State of Connecticut
  You have asked whether transfers of surplus State property to municipalities, pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 3-14b , or pursuant to special or public acts of the Connecticut General Assembly directing the disposition of particular parcels of property, implicate the provisions of the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act
 
8/15/2006Raymond M. Hassett, Esq., Chair, Judicial Review Council, Formal Opinion 2006-020, Attorney General State of Connecticut
  You have asked my opinion regarding the Judicial Review Council’s obligation to permit public access to records of investigations of complaints of judicial misconduct.
 
8/2/2006Honorable Nancy Wyman, Comptroller, State of Connecticut, Formal Opinion 2006-019, Attorney General, State of Connecticut
  This letter is in response to a request from Karen McDonough, Division Counsel for the Office of the Comptroller’s Retirement and Benefit Services Division, for a legal opinion as to whether the State of Connecticut will recognize a same-sex domestic partnership entered in Seattle, Washington, by a retired Connecticut state employee.
 
8/1/2006Honorable Pam Law, Department of Revenue Services, Formal Opinion 2006-018, Attorney General State of Connecticut
  This opinion is in response to your letter dated June 19, 2006, requesting advice as to certain issues relating to the Connecticut estate tax that arise from legislation enacted by the General Assembly in 2005.
 
7/26/2006Robert L. Genuario, Secretary, Office of Policy and Management, Formal Opinion 2006-017, Attorney General State of Connecticut
  This letter is in response to your request for a formal legal opinion as to whether $2.8 million designated for non-emergency medical transportation and vision benefits under the State-Administered General Assistance program (“SAGA”) in the recently approved state budget may be spent without further legislative action
 
7/20/2006Honorable James M. Thomas, Deptarment of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Formal Opinion 2006-016, Attorney General State of Connecticut
  You have requested our advice on whether volunteers under the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) are protected under Title 28 of the Connecticut General Statutes during the course of their training for, and participation in, civil preparedness activities.
 
7/12/2006Honorable Susan Bysiewicz, Secretary of the State, Formal Opinion 2006-015, Attorney General State of Connecticut
  You ask for our opinion on whether you may issue rulings on two issues that have been presented to you: (1) whether to approve the party designation "Independent Party" proposed by the Independent Party of Waterbury in connection with an anticipated gubernatorial candidacy
 
6/28/2006Honorable Linda J. Yelmini, Department of Administrative Services, Formal Opinion 2006-014, Attorney General State of Connecticut
  By request dated June 23, 2006, you have asked for my opinion as to whether Connecticut General Statutes § 4a-59a(b) allows the Department of Administrative Services (“DAS”) to extend contracts “up to or beyond one year
 
6/15/2006Honorable John P. Burke, Department of Banking, Formal Opinion 2006-013, Attorney General State of Connecticut
  You have requested an opinion whether, under Conn. Gen. Stat. § 42-460(a), a Connecticut bank may sell or issue a gift card for which the agreement governing the card provides that the card’s value will not expire and that no inactivity fee is imposed, although the card itself contains an expiration date.
 
6/5/2006Honorable James T. Fleming, Commissioner, Department of Public Works, Formal Opinion 2006-012, Attorney General State of Connecticut
  The Tunxis Management Co. (“Tunxis”) and William A. Tomasso, former president of Tunxis, recently pled guilty to federal charges related to the corrupt relationship between William A. Tomasso, and Peter N. Ellef and Lawrence E. Alibozek, chief of staff and deputy chief of staff to former Governor John G. Rowland, that resulted in the selection of Tunxis for state property management contracts.
 
5/4/2006Pamela B. Katz, P.E., Chairman, State of Connecticut Siting Council, Formal Opinion 2006-011, Attorney General State of Connecticut
  You have requested an opinion on whether the one million dollar annual cap on assessments by the Connecticut Siting Council (“Council”) contained in Conn. Gen. Stat. § 16-50v (b)(1) is a cap on assessments on individual energy companies or a cap on total assessments on the energy industry as a whole.
 
4/17/2006Honorable James T. Fleming, Commissioner, Department of Public Works, Formal Opinion 2006-010, Attorney General State of Connecticut
  You have requested an opinion as to whether, in light of the State Properties Review Board’s (the “SPRB”) March 27, 2006 ratification of the November 2, 2005 Purchase and Sale Agreement (the “Agreement”) between the State of Connecticut (the “State”) and the Town of Preston
 
4/17/2006Honorable Donald E. Williams, Jr., Senate President Pro Tempore, Honorable Martin M. Looney, Senate Majority Leader, Formal Opinion 2006-009, Attorney General State of Connecticut
  You have asked this Office whether Section 32-664(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes preempts the City of Hartford’s Living Wage Ordinance, Ord. No. 17-99, Art. XII, Sec. 2-761-744, as that ordinance may apply to the operations of the Marriott Hartford Downtown Hotel (the “Hotel”).
 
4/10/2006Raeanne Curtis, Acting Commissioner of Labor, Formal Opinion 2006-026, Attorney General State of Connecticut
  As you know, Section 31-57f of the Connecticut General Statutes provides for the payment of a standard wage rate to certain service workers employed by contractors of the state or its agents.
 
3/22/2006The Honorable James F. Abromaitis, Department of Economic and Community Development, Formal Opinion 2006-008, Attorney General State of Connecticut
  You have requested our opinion with respect to an application by the Town of Trumbull for a temporary moratorium from the affordable housing land use appeals procedure under the provisions of Conn. Gen. Stat. § 8-30g(l).
 
3/20/2006Honorable Donald E. Williams, Jr., James A. Amann, Martin M. Looney, Louis C. Deluca, Christopher G. Donovan, Formal Opinion 2006-007, Attorney General State of Connecticut
  Thank you for your letter of February 1, 2006, seeking my opinion concerning the continuing force and effect of advisory opinions, declaratory judgments, and memoranda of decision issued by the former State Ethics Commission (“the Commission”) in light of the passage of Public Act 05-183 (“the Public Act”), which created the new Office of State Ethics (OSE).
 
3/15/2006Honorable Louis C. DeLuca, Senate Republican Leader, and Honorable George Gunther, Deputy Minority Leader-At-Large, Formal Opinion 2006-006, Attorney General State of Connecticut
  You asked for a formal opinion concerning the Superior Court’s scope of review in an appeal of a municipal commission's decision on an affordable housing application under the Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals Procedure set forth in Conn. Gen. Stat. §8-30g.
 
3/8/2006Kevin J. Rasch, Esq., Legal Counsel, Formal Opinion 2006-005, Attorney General State of Connecticut
  You have requested an opinion concerning a proposed resolution by the City of New London (“City”) to deal with the issue of the continuing possession of certain properties by their former owners after the properties were taken by eminent domain.
 
3/2/2006Honorable Nancy Wyman, Comptroller, Formal Opinion 2006-004, Attorney General, State of Connecticut
  You have asked for a formal legal opinion concerning the State's options when a pharmacy that is part of the State's network of provider pharmacies refuses to dispense a certain prescription drug to covered members of the State's prescription drug insurance plans.
 
2/27/2006Honorable M. Jodi Rell, Governor, State of Connecticut, Formal Opinion 2006-003, Attorney General, State of Connecticut
  I am writing in response to your request that I review the proposal for needy Connecticut citizens to receive heating oil assistance from Citizens Energy through its agreement with CITGO, a major oil refiner in the United States owned by a company controlled by the Venezuelan government.
 
2/22/2006Robert L. Genuario, Secretary, Office of Policy and Management, 2006-002, Formal Opinion, Attorney General, State of Connecticut
  You have asked for an opinion on the following two questions: 1. Does a municipal corporation have the authority to set different mill rates for the taxation of non-vehicle personal property and real property located within the same municipal tax or sub tax district? 2. Does OPM have the authority to pursue a reimbursement, either by direct payment or by offsetting the pending claim of the City of Stamford, for grant claims it has paid based upon Grand List years 1999, 2000 and 2001?
 
1/13/2006Honorable Susan B. Bysiewicz, Secretary of the State, 2006-001, Formal Opinion, Attorney General, State of Connecticut
  Thank you for your letter of December 23, 2005, seeking my opinion concerning issues relating to your on-going efforts to procure voting machines that comply with the requirements of the federal Help America Vote Act (“HAVA”). Does Connecticut state law require that electronic voting machines utilize a “full face” ballot?