When J.B. ran for Attorney General, one of his goals was to restore integrity at the Department of Justice by issuing formal and informal opinions in a non-partisan, professional manner.
As Attorney General, J.B. is authorized to give legal opinions to government entities like the legislature, governor, state agencies, district attorneys, county corporation counsel and others. The Department of Justice serves as the state's law firm and in that capacity the Attorney General is faithful to the advancement of sound legal principles and the rule of law.
Significant Attorney General Opinions:
* Attorney General Van Hollen issued a memorandum to law enforcement clarifying Wisconsin's open carry laws.
* Attorney General Van Hollen issued an opinion explaining that illegal immigrants are not entitled to receive professional licenses.
* Attorney General Van Hollen issued an opinion that barred school districts from transferring a child based solely on race.
* Attorney General Van Hollen issued an opinion that prohibits government entities from loaning tax dollars to inmates seeking to get released on bail.
* Attorney General Van Hollen issued a memorandum on a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling clarifying that requesters of public information are entitled to the greatest possible information regarding the affairs of their government.