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Listed below are requests for opinions of the Attorney General. We will consider information and views of interested parties or other members of the public during the time period that the request is posted on this website. Should you wish to submit any information or views on any of these requests, please send your comments to: Chief Counsel, Opinions and Advice, Attorney General's Office, 200 Saint Paul Place, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 or e-mail:
Is there a constitutional impediment to the State either (i) entering into leases with an amortization in excess of 15 years or (ii) issuing bonds with a maturity longer than 15 years, if in each case the payment of principal and interest on the bonds is subject to appropriation by the General Assembly?
Under 2022 Md Laws.,
ch. 26, § 12, the Office of the Attorney General has been asked to provide the
General Assembly an official opinion regarding the impact of cannabis
legalization on the authority of police officers to conduct searches of
individuals and vehicles based on detection of the odor of burnt or unburnt
cannabis, including in cases involving suspicion of possession with intent to
distribute cannabis, growing or manufacturing cannabis or cannabis products, or
driving under the influence of cannabis.
Questions about the Built to Learn Act of 2020, including (1) whether the funding mandate set forth in §10-649 of the Education Article for public school construction by the Maryland Stadium Authority can be reduced or re-allocated to another purpose by either the Governor or the General Assembly; (2) whether the funding required by Article XIX, § 1 of the Maryland Constitution can be reduced by the Governor or the General Assembly, or be re-allocated for a purpose other than as set forth in the statute governing Maryland's Education Trust Fund; and (3) what funding priority, if any, applies to the funds in the Education Trust Fund?
Whether the Maryland
Abandoned Property Act applies to accounts in the programs overseen by Maryland
529 and, if so, please provide guidance on how to apply the Maryland Abandoned
Property Act to Maryland 529 accounts.
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