binding on courts, they are entitled to due consideration. Moreover, a vast number of disputes are resolved by these opinions without their ever reaching the judiciary. The state attorney general is the major source of advisory opinions on the constitution. In some areas, such as conservation (Art. XIV), these opinions have played as great, if not greater, role than the courts in determining what types of actions are constitutionally permissible. The function of these opinions is to narrow the gap between state practice and constitutional requirements. In the areas of conservation and gambling, for example, the prime source of guidance for the state and its localities has been the opinions of the attorney general. Since these areas are seldom litigated, the attorney general's opinions help to insure that state practice bears a reasonable relationship to the requirements of the constitution.
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Publication information: Book title: Ordered Liberty:A Constitutional History of New York. Contributors: Peter J. Galie - Author. Publisher: Fordham University Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1996. Page number: 300.
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