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Boys State Attorney General
The Attorney General is a constitutional officer, chief law enforcement officer of the state, and head of the Department of Attorney General, a department within the executive branch of state government. The Attorney General’s duties are prescribed by constitution, statute, court decisions, and tradition.
The Attorney General is the lawyer for Boys State. When public legal matters arise, they render opinions on matters of law and provides legal counsel for the Legislature and for each officer, department, board and commission of state government. They provide legal representation in court actions and assists in the conduct of official hearings held by state agencies.
The Attorney General may intervene in any lawsuit, criminal or civil, when the interests of the people of Boys State require. They advise and supervise prosecuting attorneys throughout the state. The Attorney General also possesses some investigative powers, including the power to investigate allegations of election fraud and complaints for the removal of public officials. They may also request grand jury investigations of crime in the state.
While the Attorney General is responsible for representing various state agencies and officials, there is no law, which authorizes the Attorney General to provide legal services to private individuals or to appear in court on their behalf unless the issue presented is of significance to the legal interests of the state.
It is our duty to serve our state and work honorably every day to fulfill Boys State’s promise. The Attorney General and our Department's employees provide leadership, information and education in partnership with state and local governments and the people of Boys State to:
1. Appoint up to two assistant Attorney Generals to aid the Attorney General.
2. Review current Supreme Court case docket upon election.
3. Contact county prosecutors to stay advised on current state litigation.
4. Work closely with the governor and his staff in the creation of a proposed budget for the fiscal 2005-2006 year.
5. Create an Attorney General’s Agenda and Goals Sheet that contains the Attorney General’s views on current issues, such as:
There should be some short-term goals, as well as, some long-term goals.
6. Make a presentation to the governor on the last Friday of what the Attorney General has accomplished.
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