The bill recodifies statutory provisions governing the department of law, especially by replacing outmoded language with updated terms and usage.
Section 1 of the bill repeals outmoded language regarding internal divisions within the department of law (department). Section 2 specifies the powers and duties of the attorney general. Section 3 enumerates internal divisions of the department. Section 4 updates the statutory provision authorizing the appointment of the chief deputy attorney general. Section 5 concerns the appointment and qualifications of the solicitor general.
Section 6 updates statutory provisions governing the victims' services coordinator. Section 7 updates statutory provisions governing money received by the attorney general. This section specifies that any money received by the attorney general belonging to the state or received by the attorney general in his or her official capacity must be paid as soon as practicable to the department of the treasury. Moreover, generally, the attorney general has such legal duties in regard to the activities of the state and its various departments, boards, commissions, bureaus, and agencies as are imposed by law. Section 8 specifies requirements pertaining to the legal services the attorney general provides to state agencies. Section 9 clarifies that nothing in the bill is to be construed as affecting, limiting, or supplanting the common law authority of the attorney general or the department.
Section 10 specifies requirements governing the provision of identification cards to retired peace officers.
Section 12 concerns legal representation of the state auditor. This section specifies that the duty of providing legal representation or otherwise rendering legal services to the state auditor in connection with the auditor's performance of his or her functions and duties is shared between the office of legislative legal services and the attorney general.
Section 14 repeals existing outmoded sections of law.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)