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Monday, June 26, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Praises Supreme Court’s Decision to Reinstate Trump Administration’s Travel Ban
“The Supreme Court clearly did the right thing today, staying in large part the actions of lower federal courts that ignored the law and the Constitution,” Attorney General Paxton said. “This sweeping reinstatement of the president’s travel ban provides needed security measures for our nation against dangerous threats that are very real and ongoing. Texas will continue to support the Trump administration’s travel ban when the Supreme Court takes up the case in October.”
Monday, June 26, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Today’s Supreme Court Ruling on the Trinity Lutheran Case Is a Major Victory for Religious Liberty
In his statement on the decision, Attorney General Paxton said: “Today’s ruling is a major victory for all who believe in religious liberty. I’m pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court recognized that Missouri went too far in discriminating against an institution because of its religious character, violating Trinity Lutheran’s First Amendment protection against policies prohibiting the free exercise of religion.”
Monday, June 26, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: U.S. Supreme Court Rules for Texas in Death Penalty Case
“With its decision on the Davila case, the U.S. Supreme Court honored the finality of duly entered convictions,” said Attorney General Ken Paxton. “Had the high court ruled otherwise, states and the federal court system would have been burdened with an avalanche of claims facing an infinitesimal chance of success.”
Monday, June 26, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Applauds U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision to Review Important Religious Liberty Case
“I’m pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court took this important religious liberty case,” said Attorney General Paxton. “The case presents the court with an important opportunity to clarify that the First Amendment contains robust protection for people who choose to operate their businesses consistent with their faith, and that the government cannot dictate what people say and do not say.”
Friday, June 23, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: DOJ Will Assist Texas in Defending the Constitutionality of Senate Bill 4
“It’s reassuring to know that the Trump administration believes in upholding the Constitution and defending the rule of law, and I’m grateful for the DOJ’s assistance in helping my office defend the lawful Senate Bill 4,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Enforcing immigration law helps prevent dangerous criminals from being released into our communities. We look forward to working with DOJ lawyers to see that Senate Bill 4 is fully honored in Texas.”
Friday, June 23, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Recent Texas Relocation Report Shows Californians Top List of Those Flocking to Texas
“The data in this report came as no surprise to Texans, especially those who have transplanted from California,” said Attorney General Paxton. “I talk to people almost every day who made the trek from California to Texas, and without fail, they tell me their move is due to either greater job opportunities, much lower-priced housing, an escape from a left-coast political climate, or just a better quality of culture and life.”
Thursday, June 22, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Today’s 5th Circuit Ruling Is a Victory for Religious Liberty
“I’m grateful that the 5th Circuit saw through this latest attempt by some to restrict religious freedom and impose their beliefs on others,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Mississippi’s law affirms what the U.S. Supreme Court professed in Obergefell: that religious men and women be “given proper protection’ to exercise their faith.”
Thursday, June 22, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Reaches $74K Agreement with San Antonio-Based Business
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today reached an agreement with Joseph Brandon Shirley and Randy Lee Gardner over allegations that their travel service operations violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and other Texas statutes.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Commends City of Kermit for Repealing its Unlawful Sales Tax on Plastic Bags
“I commend the Kermit City Council for its action to comply with state law,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Cities and municipalities in Texas are obligated to follow the rule of law, and the Legislature passed a law that clearly prohibits a sales tax on bags.”
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Reaches $36,000 Settlement with Online Contact Lens Provider
“This settlement will serve to help protect Texans who may be unaware that the improper use of contact lenses can cause potentially serious vision problems,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I appreciate THEG, Inc.’s agreement to cease selling contact lenses without proper prescriptions. My office will always protect the health and safety of all Texans.”
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Calls on California Insurance Commissioner to Stop Threats to Insurance Companies or Risk Legal Action
“The threats made by the California Insurance Commissioner will hurt families, businesses and insurance carriers across the nation,” Attorney General Paxton said. “These requirements are misguided, unrelated to insurance regulation, and are clearly politically driven. We will not stand by while negligent, politically motivated requirements harm the livelihood of thousands of U.S. citizens.”
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 – Austin
Attorney General Ken Paxton Joins 20-State Coalition Urging EPA to Respect States in WOTUS Review
“The WOTUS rules are a blatant power grab by the EPA,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The federal government exceeded its statutory authority by attempting to regulate areas that Congress never intended to be under federal jurisdiction, and directly infringed on the states’ ability to regulate their own natural resources.”
Monday, June 19, 2017 – Austin
Leading a Coalition of 35 States, AG Paxton Urges FCC to Reject Petition by Broadband Industry to Strip Texas of its Consumer Protection Powers
“As the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, a federal agency may pre-empt state law only when and if it’s acting within the scope of its congressionally delegated authority,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Hundreds of millions of Americans rely on broadband Internet services every day, yet they don’t always get what they pay for. The states’ consumer protection powers must be left intact to protect customers from providers who make false claims about broadband speed.”
Monday, June 19, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Joins 10-State Coalition Supporting Sanctuary Cities Executive Order
“President Trump’s Executive Order is fully constitutional and a large step toward public safety,” Attorney General Paxton said. “If law enforcement authorities have policies of not cooperating with federal immigration authorities, dangerous criminals will unlawfully remain in the country, travel freely between states and continue to evade the justice system. Governments have a duty to protect their citizens – it is imperative that we honor federal laws and cooperate with ICE detainers to keep our communities safe.”
Friday, June 16, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Applauds President Trump’s Decision to Rescind DAPA
“I applaud President Trump for acknowledging what President Obama himself acknowledged over 20 times – the Obama Administration’s DAPA immigration edict was a violation of law and the separation of powers. I am proud to have led a 26-state coalition that went all the way to the Supreme Court to block this unlawful edict.”
Thursday, June 15, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Amicus Brief Asking Texas Supreme Court to Rule Against Unlawful Bag Bans
“Cities across Texas are failing to respect the rule of law and unlawfully passing the burden of municipal solid waste management to residents and retailers through bag bans,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Municipalities do not get to violate Texas law merely because they don’t like it. We’re asking the Texas Supreme Court to uphold the law so that the ruling can be used to invalidate similar ordinances across Texas.”
Thursday, June 15, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Announces Ongoing Investigation to Help Address the Opioid Crisis
“This is a public safety and public health issue. Opioid painkiller abuse and related overdoses are devastating families here in Texas and throughout the country,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The multi-state investigation will help us determine the appropriate course of action we can take as attorneys general to address the opioid epidemic.”
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 – Austin
OAG Honors Gregory S. Coleman by Naming Fellowship Program
“I am honored to name one of our agency’s fellowship programs after Gregory S. Coleman,” said Attorney General Ken Paxton, who spoke at an event honoring Coleman at the Texas Supreme Court. “Greg’s influence is still felt at the attorney general’s office. He established standards of professionalism, integrity, and excellence in oral and written advocacy, which endure in the solicitor general’s office to this day.”
Friday, June 9, 2017 – Austin
OAG’s Child Support Division Receives Best of Texas Digital Government Award
“Texas has the best child support office in the nation and today’s award reflects their continued efforts in making the child support process easy and accessible to everyone regardless of their access to technology,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I commend their hard work and the services they provide Texans and their families.”
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 – Austin
OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Palo Pinto County Man for Possession of Child Pornography
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced today that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested 41-year-old Travis Benson Bounds, of Mineral Wells, on five counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony. Bounds could face up to 10 years in prison per charge if convicted.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Applauds EPA Decision to Delay Ozone Rule Implementation
“I am grateful for the leadership of EPA Administrator Pruitt in courageously pausing the costly and ineffective Ozone Rule, and I’m hopeful that the one year delay will provide time for the EPA to review the detrimental effects the Ozone Rule will have on the Texas economy,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Texas has continually reduced ambient ozone concentrations in the state without stifling the growth of Texas’s industry or population, and looks forward to continuing efforts to improve air quality while bolstering the Texas economy.”
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 16-State Coalition Urging President Trump to Protect Individual Rights from Regulatory Overreach
“We need a regulatory reset to bring the current process under the rule of law. Giving unelected bureaucrats nearly absolute power threatens the civil liberties of Americans,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We encourage the president to push Congress for legislation limiting the enforcement authority of federal agencies to laws passed by the people’s elected representatives, not a federal agency’s rule, interpretation, guidance letter, or other document.”
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 16-State Coalition in Amicus Brief Supporting President Trump’s Travel Ban
“The executive order is a tailored response to a very real threat to our national security,” Attorney General Paxton said. “A temporary pause on entry from countries with heightened security concerns is necessary to shore up our nation’s vetting procedures. The president is fulfilling his solemn duty to protect Texans and all Americans.”
Friday, June 2, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Asks 5th Circuit to Force Federal Government Action on Nuclear Waste Storage
“The goal of this latest filing is to have the federal government follow the law and focus its efforts on the permanent nuclear waste facility selected by Congress,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Every day the federal government refuses to fulfill its mandate under federal law is another day that more nuclear waste piles up above ground, threatening our health and safety, and placing Texas at greater risk for a nuclear incident.”
Friday, June 2, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Applauds Signing of Texas’ Voter ID Bill, Notifies District Court of Law’s Passage
“I applaud Governor Abbott for signing Senate Bill 5, which codifies changes to the voter ID law ordered by the 5th Circuit. Preserving voter ID will prevent fraud and ensure that election results accurately reflect the will of Texas voters.”

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