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State of Texas
Texas Attorney General's Office
Opinion Notifications
Monday, September 11, 2017

The Texas Attorney General's Office on Friday issued three legal opinions on matters regarding state law, including the requirements for signatures on a petition filed in connection with a candidate's application for a place on the ballot.

According to the Attorney General's Office, "the Election Code does not require that a qualified voter who signs a petition to place a candidate's name on the ballot print the voter's name exactly as the name appears on the voter registration list."

"Thus, a signature on such a petition is not automatically rendered invalid when the signer's printed name does not exactly match the signer's name as listed on voter registration rolls," stated the opinion. "An election official verifying such a signature for validity must consider all of the information provided by the voter in the petition and the voter's registration records." Opinion

The opinion was requested by Texas State Representative Jodie Laubenberg.
Request

The Attorney General's Office issued an opinion regarding whether a commissioners court may fund the county fire marshal and safety coordinator position through revenue generated by a sales and use tax imposed pursuant to the Tax Code.

According to the Attorney General's Office, "a court would likely conclude that a commissioners court may not fund the salary of a county fire marshal and safety coordinator position through revenue generated by a sales and use tax imposed pursuant to chapter 324 of the Tax Code."
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The opinion was requested by Chambers County Auditor Tony Sims.
Request

The Attorney General's Office issued an opinion regarding whether the district attorney's office must pay for the copy of the reporter's record filed with the trial clerk pursuant to the Rule of Appellate Procedure.

According to the Attorney General's Office, "neither the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure, nor chapter 52 of the Government Code, nor a court reporter's ethical duties authorizes a court reporter to charge a district attorney's office when the State is not the appellant for the copy of the reporter's record filed with the trial court clerk pursuant to Texas Rule of Appellate Procedure 34.6(h)."
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The opinion was requested by 105th Judicial District District Attorney Mark Gonzalez.
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