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Thursday, September 29, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton Obtains Injunction to Clean Up Hazardous Scrap Tire Site
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today obtained a temporary injunction from a Travis County District Court against Eclipse Renewables, LLC, (Eclipse), a company that owns a 36-acre scrap tire storage site in San Antonio.
Thursday, September 29, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Lawsuit to Protect Homeowners’ Tax Cuts
“Local governments cannot be allowed to simply ignore laws that they do not like,” Attorney General Paxton said. “This is a blatant attempt by a school district to take away from Texas homeowners, without their vote or consent, what rightfully belongs to them – their own money. I am confident that the local taxpayers and the State will prevail in this lawsuit and the suits to come.”
Thursday, September 29, 2016 – Austin
Texas AG Ken Paxton Files Lawsuit to Stop Obama Administration From Handing Control Over the Internet to International Organization
“Trusting authoritarian regimes to ensure the continued freedom of the internet is lunacy,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The President does not have the authority to simply give away America’s pioneering role in ensuring that the internet remains a place where free expression can flourish.”
Friday, September 23, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton's Criminal Investigations Division Helps Put Child Predator Away for Life
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the successful conviction of John David Payne, 37, to life in prison for Online Solicitation of a Minor in Montgomery County. The conviction stems from undercover operations conducted by the Conroe Police Department, the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and testimony from the Texas attorney general’s Criminal Investigations Division (CID).
Friday, September 23, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Reinstate Texas' Voter ID Law
“Safeguarding the integrity of our elections is essential to preserving our democracy,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Voter ID laws both prevent fraud and increase the public’s confidence in our elections. Texas enacted a common-sense voter ID law and I am confident that the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately reinstate it.”
Friday, September 23, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Office Assists Travis County Constable in Child Support Roundup
“Caring for your children is the fundamental and moral responsibility of any parent,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I commend everyone involved in holding accountable those who attempt to evade child support. Their efforts help ensure better care and better lives for Texas children.”
Thursday, September 22, 2016 – Austin
Attorney General Paxton Halts the Sale of Unsafe Contact Lenses in San Antonio
The Office of the Attorney General today obtained settlements with 21 convenience and dollar stores in the San Antonio area. The retail stores violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the Texas Optometry Act by selling contact lenses without requiring a prescription upon purchase.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 – Austin
Texas AG Ken Paxton and Nevada AG Adam Laxalt Lead Coalition of 21 States Against the Obama Administration’s Illegal “Overtime Rule”
“Once again, President Obama is trying to unilaterally rewrite the law,” Attorney General Paxton said. “And this time, it may lead to disastrous consequences for our economy. The numerous crippling federal regulations that the Obama administration has imposed on businesses in this country have been bad enough. But to pass a rule like this, all in service of a radical leftist political agenda, is inexcusable.”
Friday, September 16, 2016 – Austin
Investigation Lands 25 Child Predators in Jail for Online Sex Solicitation
“This effort demonstrates the strength and effectiveness of law enforcement when it works together to crack down on child predators,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I commend everyone involved in the operation who helped identify and capture the predators before they could victimize children in Texas or elsewhere.”
Thursday, September 15, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Lawsuit to Protect Homeowners’ Tax Cuts
“It is a clear sleight-of-hand reduction in the local option homestead exemption by a handful of school districts.” said Attorney General Paxton. “This is an attempted money-grab, pure and simple. These districts clearly intend to undermine state law and negate the tax break. Not only is this lawsuit about standing up for the homeowners in these school districts, but also voters across the state.”
Monday, September 12, 2016 – Dallas
Attorney General Paxton Names Conroe Child Support Employee Managing Attorney of the Year
Regional administrator Michael Wise said, “Mr. Collum is a very dedicated individual. When he shares his thoughts on topics of discussion, his passions come out and people listen. I enjoy working with Mr. Collum and look forward to even greater things from him and his team.”
Monday, September 12, 2016 – Dallas
Attorney General Paxton Names Nacogdoches Child Support Employee Office Manager of the Year
Regional administrator Charles “Chip” Arnold said, “As evidenced by his office’s continued success, Matt focuses on results, achieves optimal outcomes and exceeds the norm. Matt’s willingness to share new and innovative ideas makes him a natural leader among his peers.”
Monday, September 12, 2016 – Dallas
Attorney General Paxton Names Victoria Child Support Employee Office Supervisor of the Year
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recognized Janie Martinez, supervisor for the Child Support Division’s Victoria office, for her commitment to Texas children. Martinez was named “Supervisor of the Year” on Friday at the Statewide Child Support Managers’ Conference in Dallas. Martinez was selected for the award based on recommendations from her peers and supervisors, with a particular focus on her willingness to go beyond her normal duties to serve Texas children.
Monday, September 12, 2016 – Dallas
Attorney General Paxton Recognizes Austin Employees for Dedication to Texas Children
“I commend Teresa and Charles for their hard work and dedication to improving the lives of Texas children,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Charles and Teresa represent the best, and it is employees like them that make this agency great. I am thankful to both of them for answering the call to serve the people of Texas.”
Friday, September 9, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton Offers Assistance to Target After Another Security Breach
"We offer our full resources to assist Target in addressing this latest issue in order to protect our citizens when they feel the most vulnerable."
Friday, September 9, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads Coalition of 11 AGs to Defend the First Amendment on Climate Change Policy Debate
“The Constitution was written to protect citizens from government witch-hunts that are nothing more than an attempt to suppress speech on an issue of public importance, just because a government official happens to disagree with that particular viewpoint,” Attorney General Paxton said when filing the brief.
Thursday, September 8, 2016 – Austin
Attorney General Paxton’s Statement on the Alpine Shooting
“I am currently monitoring the active shooter situation in Alpine. I have directed my office to offer any measure of support needed to assist the law enforcement officials currently working this case. I wish to extend prayers and sympathy to any victims’ families and their loved ones who have been affected by this senseless act of violence.”
Thursday, September 8, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton Reaches $1.175 Million Settlement with Katz Boutique
The Katz Boutique lawsuit was the first synthetic cannabinoid lawsuit filed jointly by the OAG and HCAO. Evidence collected during the lawsuit revealed the stores sold over 90,000 packets of synthetic drugs to Texas consumers since 2013 and made millions of dollars from sales of illegal drugs. Businesses often market synthetic cannabinoids as being safe without disclosing they are dangerous and illegal.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 – San Antonio
AG Paxton Delievers Speech on Human Trafficking in San Antonio
Human trafficking is modern day slavery. Contrary to common belief, it doesn’t just happen internationally. It is a domestic problem, and Texas is one of the top destination points for victims and traffickers in the nation.
Thursday, September 1, 2016 – San Antonio
AG Paxton’s Office Teams Up with Truckers and Law Enforcement in San Antonio to Combat Human Trafficking
“Truckers are the eyes and ears of our Texas highways,” Attorney General Paxton said, “This partnership brings law enforcement and the trucking industry together, educating them on the signs of human trafficking and how to report it. It helps ensure that victims will be identified and rescued, and that traffickers will find themselves behind bars.”
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 – Austin
Attorney General Paxton Sues Waller County to Enforce Licensed Carry
“A local government cannot be allowed to flout Texas’s licensed carry laws, or any state law, simply because it disagrees with the law or doesn’t feel like honoring it,” said Attorney General Paxton. “I will vigilantly protect and preserve the Second Amendment rights of Texans.”
Friday, August 26, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton: Texas Wins Suit, Abides by Fair Housing Act
A federal district court ruled today that the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) complied with the Fair Housing Act concerning its distribution of low-income housing tax credits.
Friday, August 26, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton: Child Exploitation Unit Makes 37th Arrest of the Year
The Office of the Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) received multiple reports from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) Cyber Tipline that Kennedy uploaded images of child pornography to a micro-blogging website. The report prompted CEU investigators to execute a search warrant at Kennedy’s home in Wortham, resulting in the seizure of several digital storage devices.
Thursday, August 25, 2016 – Austin
Attorney General Ken Paxton Sends Guidance Letter to Texas Schools
“My office brought this lawsuit to stop the Obama Administration from rewriting the laws that have been enacted by the elected representatives of the people—and to stop his administrative agencies from threatening to take away federal funding from schools to force them to conform. The injunction granted does precisely that.”
Thursday, August 25, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton: Registered Sex Offender Arrested in Williamson County
The Office of the Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) received a report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) Cyber Tipline that Burke uploaded images of child pornography. The report prompted CEU investigators to execute a search warrant at Burke’s home in Taylor, where child pornography was found on his laptop computer.