Paper: AG’s Independence, Influence Makes Him a Target

A string of high-profile opinions during this past legislative session has shown the influence the attorney general has on public policy debates, the Tennesseean reports, suggesting these opinions have made him a target for legislators. Citing opinions issued on topics from animal cruelty to guns in trunks to Vanderbilt University’s nondiscrimination policy, the article maintains that this clout has made Attorney General Robert Cooper a target for those who argue the post requires more public accountability. Seven separate bills were introduced this year seeking to change the way the AG is selected or to change his duties. After nearly seven years in office, Cooper says he is uncertain whether he will seek reappointment after his term ends Sept. 1, 2014.