OIP has issued 853 total opinions
since its inception in FY 1989, including 335 formal opinion letters.
Opinions are designated as formal and made available where they
provide guidance on UIPA or Sunshine Law provisions or apply to
factual situations that have not been fully addressed in prior formal
opinions. Formal opinions are distributed to government agencies
and other requesting parties and are also maintained on OIP's website,
where you will also find a searchable index by subject matter of
all formal opinions.
Formal opinions are relied upon as precedent by OIP.
Please note, however, that these opinions represent OIP's interpretations
at the time that they were rendered. The opinions may no longer
have precedential value if, for example, there have been subsequent
court cases or statutory amendments that affect the issues discussed
in the opinions.
To view or print an opinion letter and summary, just
click on the OPINION LETTERS link below. You may also contact
OIP for a copy. Using your editing function, you can do a key
word search within the subject matter index (MS Word version) for
OIP's formal opinions. Beginning July 2012, formal opinions are
grouped on this website by fiscal year (FY). FY 2013 runs from July
1, 2012, until June 30, 2013.
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Summaries and Full Text
OIP has issued 525
informal opinions since FY 1989. Beginning in FY 2009, OIP has
posted on this website charts of its informal opinion letters,
in three categories: Sunshine Law opinions, UIPA opinions, and
UIPA decisions on appeal. Summaries of informal opinions from
year 2000 to the present are also accessible by clicking on the
opinion number, or by viewing the summaries found in OIP's Annual
Reports since 2000.
Before July 2012, OIP grouped informal opinions
on its website by calendar year, even though they were numbered
according to the fiscal year of issuance. Beginning July 2012,
to be consistent with OIP's reporting period for its budget and
annual reports, informal (and formal) opinions are now grouped
on OIP's website by fiscal year, which begins on July 1 and ends
on June 30. FY 2013 began on July 1, 2012 and ends on June 30,