Cumulative Subject Index
AG Opinions 1990-Present

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APPROPRIATIONS, STATE
Architectural improvements to private homes, Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation may not use funds other than those appropriated to makeDM-0015
Children's trust fund, legislature not required to appropriate full amount of revenue to operating fundLO96-047
Comptroller must determine whether transfer of funds to Health & Human Services Commission and Texas Workforce Commission in 2008-2009 biennium, and absence of that transfer in 2010-2011 biennium, results in a gain in overall funding to Texas Department of TransportationGA-0777
Comptroller's revenue estimate, in order to exceed, appropriation bill must find "emergency or urgent public necessity" and be enacted by a four-fifths vote of total membership of each houseGA-0054
Conveyance of special equipment, General Appropriations Act authorizes Texas Animal Health Commission to purchase pickup trucks and trucks forLO93-009
County prosecutor, state funds allocated for expenses of office are budgeted by commissioners courtJC-0365
Exporters Loan Fund, interest earned by deposit of money in has not been appropriated to pay for administration ofJM-1196
Institution of higher education, validity under article VII, section 18 of the Texas Constitution of appropriation of general revenue funds to The University of Texas of the Permian Basin to construct a museum buildingJC-0170
One-time payment to annuitants of Teacher Retirement System and Employees Retirement System grants "extra compensation" in violation of sections 44 and 53 of article III, Texas ConstitutionGA-0746
Pre-existing law, appropriation to pay claims that are not legally enforceable obligations against the state is unconstitutional for absence ofJM-1181
Property damage, repair or replacement costs funded by special legislative appropriation rather than insurance proceeds or self-insurance and are funded at legislature's discretionDM-0197
Refunds, authority of state agency and comptroller to grant requests for fees paid in errorLO98-049
State motor vehicle registration fees, Governor may not increase or appropriate but, in case of emergency, may redirect funds already appropriated by the legislature for purposes consistent with article VIII, section 7-a of Texas ConstitutionJC-0501
Trust fund abolished by later enacted bill, authority of state agency to expend monies received by fundGA-0033
Employee Compensation, Benefits, and Reimbursement
Appellate court briefing attorneys and law clerks entitled to across-the-board pay raise appropriated for state employees in 2001 General Appropriations Act if they meet the length of service requirements set out in the ActJC-0456
Assistant adjutant general is not a single state officer who governs a state agency under section 659.024(c), Government Code, and may accrue compensatory leaveGA-0736
Employees on unpaid leave in connection with work-related injuries, Appropriations Act excepts employees from the 12-month limit on leave and permits agency heads to grant exceptions to the 12-month limit in regard toDM-0214
Higher education rider regarding state contribution to optional retirement program, constitutionality of provisions limiting institutions' use of local funds and requiring institutions to inform new employees that contribution rate may changeLO96-133
Longevity and benefit replacement pay included in capped salary rate for Texas Youth Commission teachersLO97-010
Position classification plan, provisions of the appropriations act implementingJC-0456
Salary of executive director of state school limited to amount appropriated by legislatureLO96-041
Service awards, savings bonds not exceeding purchase price of fifty dollars permissible under 1995 General Appropriations Act, article IX, section 11LO96-132
Travel reimbursement for members of Historical CommissionLO95-084
Vacation leave, offset of workers' compensation benefits againstJC-0040
Grants and Donations
Appropriation of state funds to state agency to transfer to private endowment must satisfy article III, section 51of Texas Constitution and agency's authority to transfer funds and enter into contract regarding transaction must be supported by substantiveJC-0146
Federal funds deposited in the state treasury and appropriated to state agency are subject to state restrictions on the use of appropriated funds for lobbyingJC-0161
Lobbying may not disqualify organization from receiving grant where statute prohibits grants only to organizations that advocate conduct that violates state law, because lobbying is not conduct that violates state lawJM-1135
Scholarship fund for architectural examination applicants, legislative appropriation for is supported by pre-existing substantive law and therefore does not violate article III, section 44 of the Texas ConstitutionJC-0244
Sexual orientation of organization's membership or board may not disqualify organization from receiving grant where statute prohibits grants only to organizations that advocate conduct that violates state lawJM-1135
Riders
Amend or enact general law, Central Education Agency rider contained in General Appropriations Act for 1991-1992 fiscal biennium attempts to and is therefore invalid under Texas ConstitutionDM-0093
Amendment of general law regarding eligibility for optional retirement benefits for employees of institutions of higher education is unconstitutionalJM-1151
Available school funds appropriated in rider 38 of 2002-03 biennial appropriation to Texas Education Agency for internal costs and for external management of permanent school fund, whether contingent, pursuant to rider 90, on fund producing $150 million oGA-0016
Board of Dental Examiners, to the extent rider to appropriation of, attempts to require competitive bidding on contracts valued at less than $5,000, it violates article III, section 35 of the Texas ConstitutionGA-0378
Bonds to finance construction of state office building, rider may authorize Texas Public Finance Authority to issueLO92-013
Codification of certain riders as general lawJC-0350
Department of Health rider that changes trauma care allocation formula is invalid as attempt to amend general lawJC-0178
Department on Aging, rider which requires Department to use service standards, procedures, etc., of Department of Human Services contravenes Texas ConstitutionDM-0116
Directive in rider to transfer funds from Department of Transportation to Department of Motor Vehicles is not an "item of appropriation"GA-0776
Directive in rider to transfer funds from Department of Transportation to Department of Motor Vehicles is not an "item of appropriation"GA-0777
Equal opportunity training by Texas Commission on Human Rights, validity of rider mandating for certain state agencies and institutions of higher educationDM-0497
Exporters Loan Fund, rider to appropriations act limits source for payment of administrative costsJM-1196
Financial statements, rider's requirement to file with one's board exceeds statutory directive and is therefore invalidDM-0081
General statute anticipating rider, rider contemplated by is validLO93-013
Hearing fee, if state prevails, SOAH should bill private contractor for; if private contractor prevails, SOAH should bill state agency unless agency is listed in Rider 7c to SOAH’s current appropriationGA-0947
Higher education rider regarding state contribution to optional retirement program, constitutionality of provisions limiting institutions' use of local funds and requiring institutions to inform new employees that contribution rate may changeLO96-133
Historic Courthouse Preservation Program, rider attempting to amend general law establishing is invalid under article III, section 35 of Texas ConstitutionJC-0578
Invalid to the extent inconsistent with general law, rider concerning money reverting to Texas Department of Agriculture under agreement with United States Department of AgricultureDM-0145
Liability insurance for employees purchased with appropriated funds, constitutionality and scope of rider regarding (Withdrawn by Letter 7/31/96)DM-0346
Prohibition in rider on purchasing supplies, equipment or services from companies found guilty of unfair business practices unconstitutionalLO96-079
Prohibition on use of appropriated money to attempt to influence the passage or defeat of legislation applies to federal funds deposited in state treasury and appropriated to state agencyJC-0161
Publicity and public relations activities, state agency may not use appropriated funds forJC-0350
Requirement in rider that city agree to Transportation Department's choice of location for border inspection station attempts to amend general law and is unconstitutionalJC-0448
State
Legislative enactments which provide incoming revenue for the State Highway fund constitute "enacted revenue measures" under article IX, section 17.10(b)(1) of the Appropriations Act, regardless of when they were enactedGA-0852
Revised: June 08, 2012