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Friday, April 28, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Applauds Court Decision Suspending the EPA’s Unlawful Clean Power Plan
“It’s gratifying that our lawsuit against Obama-era federal overreach set the wheels in motion for today’s important ruling,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Dismantling the Clean Power Plan will help prevent higher electricity costs and avert weakening the nation’s power grid. We look forward to restoring balance and cooperation between the states and the EPA.”
Friday, April 28, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Texas Joins 22-State Coalition in Brief Defending Legislative Prayer
“Not only has legislative prayer persisted across the country for more than a century, the practice of legislative prayer has persistently included lawmakers themselves exercising their own religious liberty by opening legislative meetings in prayer,” the attorneys general wrote. They noted that lawmakers lead prayer in one or both legislative chambers in 35 states, including Texas.
Friday, April 21, 2017 – Austin
OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Williamson County Man for Possession of Child Pornography
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that earlier this week the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested 26-year-old Joshua Carl Wulff, of Leander, on four counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony. Wulff could face up to 10 years in prison per charge if convicted.
Thursday, April 20, 2017 – Austin
AG’s Office Issues Statement on Redistricting Decision
“We respectfully disagree with the redistricting panel’s 2-1 decision. As Fifth Circuit Judge Jerry Smith observed in his dissent, the challenge to the old 2011 maps are not only moot but ‘a finding that racial considerations were dominant and controlling defies everything about this record.’ Accordingly, we are confident we will ultimately prevail in this case.”
Thursday, April 20, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 11-State Coalition to Defend the First Amendment on Climate Change Policy Debate
“The Constitution was written to protect citizens from government witch-hunts such as this one, where officials use their authority and the threat of criminal prosecution to try and suppress speech on a viewpoint they disagree with,” Attorney General Paxton said.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 – Austin
OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Bastrop County Man for Possession of Child Pornography
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced today that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested 40-year-old Jason Matthew Pertolanitz, of Cedar Creek, on one count of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony. Pertolanitz could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Defends President Trump’s “1-in-2-out” Order
“The president’s executive order is an important step towards rolling back years of unnecessary and costly regulations that far exceed congressional intent,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Overregulation has harmed economic growth and job creation. The ‘1-in-2-out’ order will help restore regulatory authority to Texas and other states on important matters of local concern.”
Thursday, April 13, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Releases Statement on the Passing of David Mattax
“I am saddened to hear of the passing of a great servant of the State of Texas, David Mattax. David valiantly served this state in numerous capacities, including 23 years at the Office of the Attorney General. He made everywhere he worked a better place and impacted the lives of the people with whom he worked. Angela and I extend our prayers and sympathy to David's family, his friends and co-workers. He will be missed.”
Monday, April 10, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: $1.17 Million Collected in Back Child Support through Program Tied to Vehicle Registrations
“This program is proving to be an effective tool in convincing delinquent parents to fulfill their most important obligation – providing for their children,” said Attorney General Paxton. “As soon as a payment is arranged, the hold on an auto registration renewal is released. The aim of the program is to obtain compliance with court orders to provide support for children, not to punish parents or deny them their livelihood.”
Monday, April 10, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 15-State Coalition in Support of Revised Immigration Order
“The president’s revised immigration order is constitutional, lawful, addresses the 9th Circuit’s concerns and is a vital step in securing our borders,” Attorney General Paxton said. “A temporary pause in the national refugee program will give the government time to review and determine how we can improve the screening process for foreign nationals seeking to enter the U.S. from six countries designated as ‘countries of concern.’ President Trump’s revised immigration order is necessary to protect the homeland from those who wish us harm.”
Monday, April 10, 2017 – Austin
OAG Joins Forces with Local Law Enforcement Agencies to Combat Online Solicitation of Minors in Johnson County
In a crackdown on child predators, the Texas attorney general’s Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) conducted a joint operation with several law enforcement agencies last week, arresting five north Texas men for Online Solicitation of a Minor, a second-degree felony. The collaboration by authorities included the Texas Attorney General’s CEU, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Johnson County STOP Task Force, Cleburne Police Department, Burleson Police Department and Keene Police Department.
Friday, April 7, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Suspension of BLM Red River Surveys is a Win for Texas
“This latest action by the Trump administration protects the property rights of Texans as defined by the U.S. Supreme Court and prevents the federal government from infringing upon Texas’ sovereign borders,” Attorney General Paxton said. “It was our contention all along that the BLM’s surveys were conducted improperly and unlawfully. We will vigilantly defend Texas’ border from federal overreach.”
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Amicus Brief to Protect Pregnancy Center’s Free Speech
“The Constitution protects the rights of the center’s staff from having to post signs or otherwise convey a message contrary to their deeply held religious beliefs,” Attorney General Paxton said. “A city can say whatever it wants to about abortion, but it can’t be allowed to use the law to silence religious beliefs.”
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 – Austin
Gov. Abbott and AG Paxton Call for Prompt Congressional Passage of the Free Speech Fairness Act
“Since the Johnson Amendment, however, churches have been kept on the sidelines of political debate,” Attorney General Paxton and Gov. Abbott wrote. “The Free Speech Fairness Act will ensure that churches may once again freely participate in government.”
Monday, April 3, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Releases Statement After Tragic Loss of Deputy Constable
“The thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with the family of Deputy Constable Clint Greenwood, who has died from a gunshot wound in Harris County. My office stands ready to assist in any way possible. This is a reminder to pray for and support all law enforcement officials in our state, especially at this time of grief.”
Monday, April 3, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Honors National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
“This week, we pay special honor to crime victim survivors, advocates and all those who work diligently to empower victims,” Attorney General Paxton said. “While no amount of money can completely erase a crime victim’s pain, my office remains committed to doing all it can to provide peace of mind for Texans who face often enormous emotional, physical and financial obstacles as they attempt to rebuild their lives.”
Thursday, March 30, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Seeks Volunteers For Corpus Christi Child Support
The Texas Attorney General’s Office is seeking local volunteers for its Corpus Christi Child Support Division field office, which handles more than 48,000 child support cases in Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Nueces and San Patricio counties.
Thursday, March 30, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Seeks Volunteers for Brownsville Child Support Office
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today asked local residents to volunteer their time at his office's Brownsville child support field office. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., to perform a variety of duties, including data entry, filing, and assisting attorneys and child support officers. The Brownsville child support office handles more than 16,000 child support cases in Cameron County.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests San Jacinto County Man for Possession of Child Pornography
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested William Doyle Gant, 47, of Shepherd, today on five counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony. Gant could face up to 10 years in prison per charge if convicted.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Issues Statement on Executive Order for EPA to Review Clean Power Plan
“President Trump’s executive order is a significant step toward sparing all of us from a potentially disastrous change to the nation’s energy policy that was orchestrated during the Obama era in violation of federal law. The so-called Clean Power Plan would have subjected Americans to higher electricity costs and could have weakened the nation’s power grid. Texas and West Virginia led 22 states in getting the U.S. Supreme Court to block the plan. We’re heartened by the president’s latest action, which shows he’s serious about returning common sense and the rule of law to the EPA. And we look forward to the EPA returning to the cooperative approach with the states that the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act expressly require as it reconsiders the unlawful Clean Power Plan.”
Monday, March 27, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Petition to End Illegal Sale of Synthetic Drugs by San Antonio Shop
Today, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a petition in Bexar County District Court seeking a temporary restraining order as well as a temporary and permanent injunction against Stop by Mart and its owner, Sung Kyu Choe, for violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. The petition alleges that Choe sold synthetic marijuana and knowingly deceived consumers by labeling the highly dangerous drug as legal and safe.
Monday, March 27, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Office Assists Bowie County in Arrests of 11 Parents During Child Support Roundup
“Parents have a fundamental and moral responsibility to provide for their children,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I want to thank all the law enforcement officials involved in apprehending those who were delinquent in their court-ordered child support. I encourage other parents who may owe back child support to contact my office immediately to resolve the issue.”
Monday, March 27, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 13-State Coalition in Amicus Brief Supporting President Trump’s Revised Immigration Order
“Rather than leaving national security in limbo while litigation dragged on, President Trump issued a revised immigration order that addresses the 9th Circuit’s concerns and is a vital step in securing our borders,” Attorney General Paxton said. “It is imperative we find a way to better screen refugee applicants to maintain national security. The president is fulfilling his solemn duty to protect Texans and all Americans.”
Thursday, March 23, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: 5th Circuit’s Ruling Preserves Texas’ Stay of EPA Regional Haze Rule
“We are pleased that the 5th Circuit left its stay in place. The decision gives the new administration the opportunity to reconsider the Obama administration’s unlawful action,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We look forward to the opportunity to work with the new administration on a lawful course of action.”
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Statement in Support of Judge Wayne Mack
“Judge Mack is fully complying with the Constitution by adhering to the model for opening prayers the Supreme Court endorsed just a few years ago,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The Freedom from Religion Foundation’s quest to expunge any vestige of religion from public life flies in the face of the Supreme Court’s holdings. I am confident our courts will follow years of precedents and not indulge a litigious group’s plea to rewrite the Constitution.”

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