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Opinions

The Attorney General issues official opinions pursuant to Section 7-5-25, Miss. Code Ann.  The official opinion process can be found here.

Request form for an official Attorney General’s opinion

Submit the request form and your request letter on official letterhead here.   If you are in need of the opinion on short notice, please note that and the specific circumstances that necessitate an expedited opinion in your request.

The Attorney General’s Office will be inviting the public to comment on pending opinion requests.  Summaries of pending requests will be posted here.

Recently published opinions can be found here.

The Attorney General’s Office publishes opinion outlines, as well, summarizing recent opinions and interlocal agreements.  The outline covering January to June 2020 can be found here

Search Attorney General opinions here.

Gun complaints

When a complaint is received by the Office of the Attorney General pursuant to Section 45-9-53, Miss Code Ann., the complaint is date-stamped and assigned a tracking number for reference purposes.  Acknowledgment of receipt of the complaint will be made to the complainant and a copy of the complaint will be simultaneously provided to the respondent jurisdiction.

If the sign has been removed or is not found by the investigator or the complaint is not otherwise substantiated, then a letter will be sent to the complainant and respondent jurisdiction so stating. If the allegations in the complaint are verified and the sign or ordinance is found to be in violation of the statute, notice will be sent to the proper authority of the respondent jurisdiction (Mayor/Board of Supervisors and the City/County Attorney). The notice will include a copy of the complaint and its attachments, identification of the ordinance or part thereof in violation of the statute, the specifics of the violation and notice of the 30-day opportunity to cure.

Said notice will be provided to the respondent jurisdiction by certified mail return receipt requested, registered mail, or some other means reasonably calculated to identify the beginning of the thirty (30) day opportunity to cure. The Office of the Attorney General will copy the complainant on the notice sent to the respondent jurisdiction containing the administrative findings of the Office of the Attorney General by regular first class United States Mail, postage prepaid. Pursuant to Section 45-9-53(5) of the Mississippi Code, the complainant may then file suit against the municipality or county if, after 30 days, the complainant believes that the municipality/county has not cured the violation.

If you have a gun complaint pursuant to Section 45-9-53, Miss. Code Ann., use this form.

You can submit your form here.

Public Records Requests

Under Section 25-61-1, Miss. Code Ann., citizens can request access to information from their government.  You can read the Public Records Act here.

Public Records Request Form

Submit your public records request here.

Interlocal Agreements

Interlocal agreements permit local governmental units to make the most efficient use of their powers by enabling them to cooperate and to contract with other local governmental units on a basis of mutual advantage. Though the subject matter of interlocal agreements vary, the most submitted are agreements which pertain to the collection of municipal ad valorem taxes by the county.

Every interlocal agreement must be submitted to the Office of the Attorney General to determine whether the agreement is in proper form and compatible with Mississippi law(s). Agreements which are found to be in proper form and compatible with Mississippi shall be approved by the Attorney General, while those which are not in proper form and/or compatible with Mississippi law shall not be approved by the Attorney General.  In the absence of a response within sixty (60) days after the date of the Attorney General’s receipt of an interlocal agreement, approval is implied.

A request for approval of an interlocal agreement shall be submitted electronically. Each submitted agreement shall be accompanied by a copy of each governing authority’s official meeting minutes by which each respective government authority approved the subject matter of the submitted agreement and a cover letter from the requesting party on official letterhead. Receipt of an interlocal agreement submission will be acknowledged by electronic correspondence within three (3) business days.

You can read the process for submitting an interlocal agreement request here. Please email your submission to interlocal@ago.ms.gov.



Kyle Williams,
Opinions & Policy

Kyle Williams is the Director of the Opinions and Policy Division.  Prior to joining Attorney General Fitch’s office, Kyle practiced law at a commercial defense firm located in Jackson, Mississippi, where his practice included commercial litigation, appellate, and government relations.  He was recognized in the 2019 edition of Mid-South Rising Stars in appellate practice by Super Lawyers®.

A native of Meridian, Kyle received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with a minor in Campaigns and Elections, from the University of Southern Mississippi.  He earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law. Kyle served as an Associate Articles Editor for the Mississippi Law Journal and as a Student Editor for the Journal of Space Law.

Prior to attending law school, he served as a Policy Assistant at the Mississippi House of Representatives, in the Office of the Speaker.  In addition to working on various federal, state, and local campaigns, he also served in the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Congressman Steven Palazzo.

Kyle is a Co-Chair of the Capital Area Bar Association’s Bench and Bar Relations Committee, he serves on the Board of Directors of both the Mississippi Bar Young Lawyers Division and the University of Mississippi School of Law Alumni Chapter, and he is the Chair of the Young Lawyers Division's Bar Admissions Ceremony Committee. Kyle is a member of Pinelake Church, Jackson Young Lawyers, and serves a committee member on the Jackson Chapter of Delta Waterfowl.

Kyle lives in Jackson with his wife, Claire, daughter, Anne Frances, and golden retriever, Fitz.

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