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Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Texas Leads 11-State Coalition Urging the EPA to Suspend Information Requests Made by Obama Administration
“Many companies involved with this request cannot afford the time and expense of complying with an empty, heavily regulatory burden. The information request puts strain on these companies—and all for the purpose of supporting an unlawful rule,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The EPA’s request, directed only to oil and gas producers, is clearly more harassment than an actual search for pertinent information. We sincerely hope that the era of regulatory harassment is over and the era of common sense regulation can begin.”
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – Austin
OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Cranfills Gap Man for Possession of Child Pornography
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested Michael Scott Chastain, 54, of Cranfills Gap, yesterday. Chastain is charged with two counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony, and could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Applauds Presidential Order to Review the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. Rule
“We welcome President Trump’s action today and are reviewing his executive order,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The Obama administration’s illegal federal overreach on the ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule poses a burden to Texas property owners and others whose land would be subject to new EPA regulations. We were encouraged when the 6th Circuit sided with our lawsuit in issuing a nationwide stay against the rule in 2015. And this order by the Trump administration is a significant step toward repealing the Rule and getting the American economy back on track.”
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Applauds Consideration of Resolutions Proposing an Article V Convention of the States
“Our constitutional heritage rejects unitary government. It presumes that concentrated power is corruptive,” Attorney General Paxton wrote in the letter. “A Convention of the States enters into the conversation when all other checks have failed. It is the ‘final’ defense against federal overreach the States can employ.”
Monday, February 27, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Applauds Chairman Phil King’s Efforts to Preserve Voter ID
“Election integrity is one of the most important functions of government, and Voter ID is an integral part of maintaining that integrity,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The updates to Voter ID that Chairman King proposes will make the changes necessary to comply with the Fifth Circuit ruling while ensuring the integrity of the voting process. Chairman King’s leadership is critical to Texas’ ability to use its Voter ID law in the future.”
Thursday, February 23, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: 5th Circuit Ruling Reinstates Texas’ Harboring Law
Attorney General Paxton said this in response to the decision: “Today’s ruling by the 5th Circuit will allow the state to fight the smuggling of humans and illegal contraband by transnational gangs and perpetrators of organized crime, not just on the border, but throughout Texas.”
Thursday, February 23, 2017 – El Paso
AG Paxton’s Office Teams Up with Truckers and Law Enforcement in El Paso 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.”
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Releases Statement on President Trump’s Decision on School Bathroom Directive
“The action taken today by the Trump administration is encouraging and my office is evaluating what impact it might bear on our ongoing litigation. Our fight over the bathroom directive has always been about former President Obama’s attempt to bypass Congress and rewrite the laws to fit his political agenda for radical social change. The Obama administration’s directive on bathrooms unlawfully invaded areas that are left to state discretion under the Tenth Amendment. School policy should center on the safety, privacy and dignity of its students, not the whims of federal bureaucrats.”
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Lawsuit to Stop Housing Scam Targeting Hispanic Consumers in Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that his office filed a lawsuit in Hidalgo County against a Mission, Texas-based construction company, and that a court has granted a restraining order stopping the company and its administrators from allegedly targeting Hispanics in a home building scam.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Releases Statement on District Court’s Ruling on Defunding Planned Parenthood
“Today’s decision is disappointing and flies in the face of basic human decency. The raw, unedited footage from undercover videos exposed a brazen willingness by Planned Parenthood officials to traffic in fetal body parts, as well as manipulate the timing and method of an abortion. Even the remains of the most vicious criminals are treated with respect. But the children who never had a chance at life become so-called medical waste or, alternatively, a commodity to be bartered for. No taxpayer in Texas should have to subsidize this repugnant and illegal conduct. We should never lose sight of the fact that, as long as abortion is legal in the United States, the potential for these types of horrors will continue.”
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Applauds Leadership of Lt. Governor Patrick and Senator Huffman to Preserve Voter ID
“Election integrity is one of the most important functions of government, and Voter ID is an integral part of maintaining election integrity,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The updates to Voter ID that Senator Huffman proposes will make the changes necessary to comply with the Fifth Circuit ruling while ensuring the integrity of the voting process. The leadership of Lieutenant Governor Patrick and Senator Huffman are critical to Texas’ ability to use its Voter ID law in the future.”
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Amicus Brief Filed to Protect Second Amendment Rights Outside of the Home
“The Constitution plainly guarantees law-abiding citizens the right to bear arms outside of the home for self-defense, whether through open or concealed carrying. That right must be vigilantly protected,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I’m proud to work with attorneys general from across the nation in the fight to preserve Americans’ right to security and self-defense.”
Friday, February 17, 2017 – Austin
Weekly Updates from Attorney General Ken Paxton: February 17, 2017
I wrote for Breitbart Texas last year, “Politics has a nasty habit of trumping good policy.” Recent events have made me want to add a postscript: politics makes for a terrible foundation on which to base a court opinion. It can cloud even the most routine of legal questions and turns an opportunity for the court to provide clarity into a morass of bad and often contradictory precedent.
Thursday, February 16, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Releases Statement on the Washington State Supreme Court’s Decision in the Arlene’s Flowers Case
“The First Amendment guarantees the liberty to speak freely, and the fundamental right to disagree. The government cannot force individuals to create art against their conscience and deeply held religious beliefs. Today’s display of intolerance by the Washington State Supreme Court both defies the Constitution and seeks to outlaw the belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Compelling individuals to speak messages against their sincerely held beliefs is un-American and unconstitutional.”
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Texas Files Amicus Brief Supporting President Trump’s Constitutional Immigration Order
“The law makes it very clear that the president has discretion to protect the safety of the American people and our nation’s institutions with respect to who can come into this country,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The safety of the American people and the security of our country are President Trump’s major responsibilities under the law.”
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Harris County Man Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that officers with his Criminal Investigations Division arrested Daniel James Dickson, 44, of Houston, on three counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony. He could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads Six-State Coalition on Brief in Support of Religious Liberty
“The government lacks any and all constitutional authority to interfere in the internal administrative affairs of the church; such an intrusion is in fact strictly prohibited,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The First Amendment exists in order to preserve the people’s right to shape their own faith and advance their church’s mission. This, by necessity, includes managing the church’s financial assets and deciding how, when, and by what principles those assets should be invested or spent. For the judiciary to step in is to put the weight of law behind one theological divide and force the court in the position of creating religious doctrine.”
Monday, February 13, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Petition in Continued Fight on EPA Overreach
“This Rule requires expensive and excessive restrictions that will damage not only our economy, but the livelihood of citizens across the state with little to no effect on the environment,” Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “It is clear that the EPA has disregarded state-specific plans and successful environmental action in favor of continuing to expand their regulatory power over states. My office will continue to defend our state from the EPA’s harmful, overreaching regulations.”
Friday, February 10, 2017 – Austin
Weekly Updates from Attorney General Ken Paxton: February 10, 2017
President Trump recently announced that he is considering an executive order which will tackle the problem of voter fraud. The ensuing speculation has ignited a flurried back-and-forth among the national media, as political pundits debate whether voter fraud represents a genuine threat to American democracy or whether it is instead a shadow moving across a wall. Meanwhile, here in Texas, voters received a living reminder of just how easy it is for the enterprising few to manipulate the system and cast a ballot illegally.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Office Obtains Voter Fraud Conviction in Tarrant County
“This case shows how serious Texas is about keeping its elections secure, and the outcome sends a message that violators of the state’s election law will be prosecuted to the fullest,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Safeguarding the integrity of our elections is essential to preserving our democracy.”
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Pflugerville Man Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested a Pflugerville man on two counts of Possession of Child Pornography. Kenneth Ray Ward, 54, is charged with a third-degree felony and could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 4 is Legally Valid
“Our review of the law concludes CSSB 4 is constitutional, there are viable methods for covered entities to avoid liability regarding invalid detainers, and the remainder of the legal concerns are unfounded.”
Monday, February 6, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads Multi-State Coalition in U.S. Supreme Court Amicus Brief Against Abusive Patent Litigation
“The Federal Circuit’s misinterpretation of the patent venue law undermines public confidence in the judicial system and has, as it was once described, turned the Eastern District of Texas into an intellectual property ‘speed trap,’” Attorney General Paxton said. “Patent trolls know full well that the cost of litigating cases there makes it cheaper for many companies to just pay them to go away. That’s why it’s so important for the Supreme Court to reverse the lower court.”
Monday, February 6, 2017 – Austin
Weekly Updates from Attorney General Ken Paxton: February 3, 2017
Everyone should have a hero to whom they aspire—someone who drives them to be better, to succeed, to be stouthearted in their principles. When I was a young attorney, Justice Antonin Scalia occupied that role. He was the epitome of what a U.S. Supreme Court justice should be. He was intelligent, sharp-witted, compassionate, and joyful in his vocation. He all but singlehandedly brought the Constitution’s text back into the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Joins Multi-State Coalition Urging Prompt Senate Confirmation of Judge Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court
“In short, we are convinced that, as the next Supreme Court Justice, Judge Gorsuch will be committed to resisting unlawful government overreach, respecting the democratic process, and protecting individual liberties,” Attorney General Paxton wrote. “The Senate should respect the will of the voters in this last election by confirming President Trump’s choice without delay.”

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