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Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – Austin
MEDIA ADVISORY: AG Paxton to Introduce His Office’s New Human Trafficking Training Video: “Be the One in the Fight Against Human Trafficking”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will introduce the premiere showing of “Be the One in the Fight Against Human Trafficking,” the new human trafficking training video from the Texas attorney general’s office.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 22-State Coalition in Filing Brief with U.S. Supreme Court to Protect the Unborn and Uphold Free Speech Rights
“Forcing pro-life organizations to promote a state-sponsored advertisement for the abortion industry is not the tool of a free government,” Attorney General Paxton said. “California’s unlawful Reproductive FACT Act tramples on the constitutionally protected rights of free speech and free religious expression. The Supreme Court should rule against the law to prevent other states from passing similar legislation intended to turn pro-life pregnancy centers into referral agencies for abortions.”
Friday, January 12, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 11-State Coalition in Brief to Defend Life and Federal Immigration Laws
“An unlawfully-present alien with no substantial ties to this country has no constitutional right to abortion on demand,” Attorney General Paxton said. “If ‘Moe’ prevails in this case, it will contradict U.S. Supreme Court precedent and create a right to abortion for anyone who enters the U.S. illegally, no matter how briefly. Texas has a legitimate and substantial interest in preserving and promoting fetal life. Texas must not become a sanctuary state for abortions.”
Friday, January 12, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton: Permanent Injunction Ends Illegal Sale of Synthetic Drugs by San Antonio Convenience Store
“My office will not tolerate synthetic drugs being marketed as safe and legal substances when they present such devastating health risks to users” Attorney General Paxton said. “My office will do everything within its power to protect Texans from this growing threat.”
Friday, January 12, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton: SCOTUS Agrees to Review Texas’ Redistricting Case
“We are eager for the chance to present our case before the U.S. Supreme Court, which ordered the district court in San Antonio to draw lawful congressional and House maps in 2012 that the Legislature adopted in 2013 and used in the last three elections,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The lower court’s decisions to invalidate parts of the maps it drew and adopted is inexplicable and indefensible.”
Friday, January 12, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton: D.C. Court Rejects Challenge to President Trump’s Authority to Appoint CFPB Acting Director
“I am pleased that the district court recognized that longstanding legal precedent supports the president’s power to appoint personnel in this situation. The CFPB was operating in an unaccountable and unauthorized fashion,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Accountable government requires some oversight over our independent regulators. The CFPB’s rogue behavior cannot go on unchecked.”
Thursday, January 11, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Asks SCOTX to Strike Down Illegal Bag Bans in Laredo and Across Texas
“Laredo and Austin, among others, flout the law when they unlawfully pass the burden of solid waste management to residents and retailers through illegal bag bans,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Municipalities do not get to violate Texas law just because they feel like it. This case gives the Texas Supreme Court the opportunity to uphold the law so that the ruling can be used to invalidate illegal bag bans statewide.”
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 – Austin
Statement by AG Paxton on the Death of Shelley Dahlberg
“I am deeply saddened by the news of Shelley’s death. Her faith, strength and determination to continue working and fight ALS to the end was an inspiration to all of us. Shelley was a brilliant lawyer, an outstanding public servant who worked tirelessly for the people of Texas. Most importantly, she was an incredibly devoted mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with Shelley’s family. Shelley leaves a rich and lasting legacy that will continue to inspire all of us in the attorney general’s office.”
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Joins 18-State Bipartisan Coalition Urging FERC to Give President Trump’s Tax Reform Savings to Utility Customers
“I’m thrilled to be part of a bipartisan coalition that recognizes that lower taxes benefit everyone. Helping Texans and others around the country by reducing household utility bills is an example of the immediate and positive impact of the president’s tax reform plan,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Thanks to the new law, prices will come down and consumers will have more money in their pockets, just as companies are raising wages, paying bonuses, and hiring more workers.”
Monday, January 8, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Asks SCOTUS to Protect Texas’ Water Rights to the Rio Grande
“New Mexico’s illegal actions in taking Rio Grande Project water intended for use in Texas violates the Rio Grande Compact, depriving our state of the water it is legally entitled,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The Rio Grande plays an integral part in the water supply for Texas’ border regions and farmers, and the Supreme Court should rule in favor of protecting Texas’ rights.”
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton and 48 States Reach $45 Million Settlement with PHH Mortgage Corporation
“This settlement sets up strict requirements for servicing standards to help ensure that PHH can no longer improperly service mortgages,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Texas is dedicated to holding accountable any person or business that harms homeowners so egregiously.”
Friday, December 22, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Amicus Brief in Lawsuit to Protect Religious Freedom of Montgomery County Judge Wayne Mack
“Judge Mack’s tradition of courtroom prayer is constitutional and follows the Supreme Court’s model of acceptable religious expression,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The case against Montgomery County for Judge Mack’s practices should be dismissed. The lawsuit is nothing more than another attempt by a group to exclude religious freedom from public life.”
Friday, December 22, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Law Enforcement Division Receives Award from Royal Canadian Mounted Police for Efforts to Combat Sex Trafficking
“We’re honored that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police asked for our Law Enforcement Division’s help on the investigation, and that we were able to play a role in bringing to justice the despicable individuals who were involved in the sex trafficking of innocent and vulnerable victims,” Attorney General Paxton said. “This award is well deserved. Texas is a safer and better place because of the hard work the men and women of our Law Enforcement Division perform every day without any expectation of recognition.”
Thursday, December 21, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Issues Opinion on Guns and Security Teams in Texas Churches
“If a church decides to exclude the concealed or open carrying of handguns on the premises of church property, it may provide the requisite notice, thereby making it an offense for a license holder to carry a handgun on those premises,” Attorney General Paxton wrote in his opinion. “However, churches may instead decide not to provide notice and to allow the carrying of handguns on their premises. Unless a church provides effective oral or written notice prohibiting the carrying of handguns on its property, a license holder may carry a handgun onto the premises of church property as the law allows.”
Thursday, December 21, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Announces $13.5 Million Settlement with Pharmaceutical Company in Deceptive Marketing Case
“It is alarming that a pharmaceutical company deceived Texans into potentially taking dangerous doses of medications that may not treat their underlying health conditions,” Attorney General Paxton said. “This settlement makes clear that we will hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for misleading claims made in advertising. Texans should be able to trust that ads for prescription medications are medically accurate.”
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 16-State Coalition Urging President Trump to Include Independent Agencies in Regulatory Reform Efforts
“We’re suggesting President Trump sign an executive order requiring independent agencies to submit their rules for White House review, just as other federal agencies must do,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The existing framework leaves American workplaces at the risk of rules that may rely on incorrect data and assumptions, that are based on politics, not expertise, or that are inconsistent with other rules. Accountable government requires some oversight over our independent regulators.”
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 11-State Coalition in Brief to Prevent ACLU From Transforming Texas into a Sanctuary State for Abortions
“The ruling contradicts U.S. Supreme Court precedent and harms the public interest because it effectively creates a right to abortion for anyone who enters the U.S. illegally, no matter how briefly,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Unlawfully-present aliens with no substantial ties to this country do not have a constitutional right to abortion on demand. Texas must not become a sanctuary state for abortions.”
Monday, December 18, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton, West Virginia AG File 13-State Brief to Support President Trump’s Action on Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
“Longstanding legal precedent supports the president’s designation of Mick Mulvaney as acting director of the CFPB and ensures a smooth transition of leadership at a rogue agency that has been operating all along as an unaccountable, unauthorized separate branch of government,” Attorney General Paxton said.
Monday, December 18, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 11-State Coalition in Brief to Defend Federal Immigration Laws and Protect Unborn Children
“Unlawfully-present aliens with no substantial ties to this country do not have a constitutional right to abortion on demand,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Texas must not become a sanctuary state for abortions. If the plaintiffs in this case prevail, there will be no meaningful limit on the constitutional rights an unlawfully present alien can invoke simply by attempting to enter the U.S. illegally.”
Thursday, December 14, 2017 – Austin
Statement on OAG Staffer’s Resignation
“This afternoon, Andrew Leonie resigned his position with the Office of the Attorney General effective immediately. The views he expressed on social media do not reflect our values. The OAG is committed to promoting and maintaining a workplace that is free from discrimination and harassment.”
Thursday, December 14, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Applauds Former OAG Staffer James C. Ho’s 5th Circuit Confirmation
“As his previous work and testimony showed, Jim Ho is a brilliant legal mind,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I was proud to recommend him to President Trump and I am confident that he will faithfully adhere to our country’s founding principles.”
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Applauds Former OAG Staffer Don Willett’s 5th Circuit Confirmation
“Justice Willett has a deep respect for the Constitution and love for this country,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I am confident that he will follow the rule of law, honor the Constitution and refrain from legislating from the bench (though hopefully not from Twitter).”
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Brief With SCOTUS Supporting Trump Administration’s Cancellation of DACA
“Texans deeply support fishing. We do not support fishing expeditions in lawsuits. California’s insinuation of some nefarious, hidden rationale for winding down DACA is baseless, as is its request for discovery,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Texas has argued for years that the federal Executive Branch lacks the power to unilaterally grant unlawfully-present aliens lawful presence and work authorization as DACA did.”
Friday, December 8, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Announces Temporary Injunction in Tech Support Scam Case
“My office will not tolerate deceptive sales tactics, especially those that utilize fear to make a buck,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We will do what is necessary to hold these fraudsters accountable for duping Texans out of their hard-earned money.”
Friday, December 8, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Victory in Lawsuit Protecting Tax Cuts for Homeowners
“I am grateful to the court for recognizing this school district’s attempt to siphon money away from Texas homeowners without their vote or consent,” Attorney General Paxton said. “My office will continue to fight local governments that ignore laws they do not like. We will continue to stand up for homeowners in these districts and voters across the state.”

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