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Thursday, March 22, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Asks HHS to End Discriminatory Obama-Era Policy That Cut Funding for Women’s Health
“The Obama administration denied the conscience rights of Texans when it excluded Texas from Title X funding because of its laws that respect the sanctity of life among the unborn,” Attorney General Paxton said. “A precursor to participation in federal programs should not be an uncompromising commitment to abortion providers. The freedom of conscience should never be demoted to second-class status among our civil liberties.”
Friday, March 16, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Brief in Support of Indiana’s Sanctuary Cities Law
“The settlement between Marion County and the ACLU is an attempt to get around a state law they don’t agree with,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The policy agreed to by the county obstructs the federal government’s ability to enforce the nation’s immigration laws, and it puts the safety of police officers and the public at risk. Indiana’s sanctuary cities law should be fully enforced.”
Friday, March 16, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Praises Ruling Against Waller County in Retaliatory Open Carry Lawsuit
“This is a great day for the First Amendment and the right of citizens to participate in government,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Waller County should be embarrassed and ashamed of using litigation as a tool to silence someone who merely called on it to stop violating a state law.”
Friday, March 16, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Asks Two More School Districts to Stop Violating Election Law
“The Legislature has enacted laws empowering schools to encourage voting and assist students in registering to vote, but school districts violate the Texas Election and Education codes when they exhort faculty or others to vote for a particular person or ballot measure,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Spending taxpayer dollars on advocating for or against political candidates is unacceptable. It erodes public trust in our schools and, more importantly, diverts taxpayer funds from their intended purpose—enabling educators to provide the youth of Texas the education and skills they need to succeed in life and fully participate in our democracy.”
Thursday, March 15, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Protects Texas Property Owners in Settlement with Federal Government Over Obama-Era Land Grab
“This was nothing more than a desperate attempt at a parting gift from President Obama to radical environmentalists at the end of his presidency,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The Obama administration bypassed Congress to implement rules designed to perpetrate land grabs, kill energy projects and block economic development. I’m pleased the Trump administration will reconsider the rules and I am confident they will ultimately be rescinded.”
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Prevails in Lawsuit to Protect Tax Cuts for Carson County Homeowners
“Local governments, including school districts, cannot pick and choose which laws to abide by,” Attorney General Paxton said. “White Deer ISD was taking homeowners’ hard-earned money in violation of the Texas Constitution and state law. This lawsuit was about standing up for homeowners in Carson County and Texas voters.”
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Praises 5th Circuit Ruling to Uphold Texas’ Sanctuary Cities Law
“I’m pleased the 5th Circuit recognized that Senate Bill 4 is lawful, constitutional and protects the safety of law enforcement officers and all Texans,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Enforcing immigration law prevents the release of individuals from custody who have been charged with serious crimes. Dangerous criminals shouldn’t be allowed back into our communities to possibly commit more crimes.”
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Johnson County Man for Promotion of Child Pornography
Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested 64-year-old David Wynn McClary of Cleburne, Texas on five arrest warrants for Promotion of Child Pornography, which is a second-degree felony. According to Texas law, he could face up to 20 years in prison per charge.
Monday, March 12, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Defends Texas Legislature’s Foster Care System Reform at the 5th Circuit
“The directives laid out by the District Court are misguided and dangerous, and would reverse the progress Texas has made since the Legislature enacted changes to the system last year,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Addressing concerns regarding the foster care system should be done by the people’s representatives, not an unelected federal judge and the court’s appointed masters who imposed their own unrealistic vision.”
Thursday, March 8, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Hood County Man for Possession of Child Pornography
Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested Zachery Allen Crawford from Granbury, Texas on four counts of possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony. Crawford, who is 31, could face up to 40 years in prison for the charges, according to state law.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Office to Prosecute Nine Counts of Voter Fraud from Nueces County
“Nothing is more vital to our democracy than the integrity of our voting process, and my office will do everything within its abilities to solidify trust in every election in the state of Texas,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We’re grateful to Nueces County Clerk Kara Sands for uncovering these election fraud cases. I’m hopeful these prosecutions will send a message that deters voter fraud in the future.”
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Joins 55-Member Coalition Urging Federal Legislation to Allow Full Restitution to Victims of Child Pornography
“As the Supreme Court recognized, digital images of each child victim are trafficked worldwide, and there may be thousands of defendants found to possess each victim’s image,” Attorney General Paxton and his counterparts wrote in a letter to House leadership and the House Judiciary Committee. “As a result, victims are only able to receive a small amount of restitution from each defendant and must pursue thousands of cases in order to receive full restitution. Preventing victims from collecting full restitution is unjust to those harmed by the scourge of child pornography. This legislation is vital to protecting victims and our communities.”
Monday, March 5, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton: U.S. Supreme Court Decision Bolsters Texas’ Fight to Protect Water Rights to the Rio Grande
“The Rio Grande plays an integral role in the water supply for Texas’ border regions and farmers, and New Mexico’s illegal actions have deprived Texans of this vital resource,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I am pleased the Supreme Court delivered an opinion that bolsters our case against New Mexico for taking water from Texas in violation of the Rio Grande Compact.”
Friday, March 2, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 13-State Brief Supporting President Trump’s Authority to Appoint CFPB Director
“The existing framework leaves American workplaces vulnerable to rules that may rely on incorrect information and assumptions that are political in nature, inconsistent or not based on expertise,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The CFPB was operating in an unaccountable and unauthorized fashion, and their rogue behavior cannot go unchecked.”
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 16-State SCOTUS Brief Supporting President Trump’s Travel Ban
“President Trump’s highest obligation is to ensure the safety and security of all Americans, and with his latest travel ban, he is fulfilling that sacred responsibility,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The travel ban is constitutional and vital to upgrading both vetting and national security procedures that will help protect the nation from terrorism. The president is invoking executive powers embodied in the Constitution, authorized by Congress and used 44 times by a bipartisan list of former presidents without a legal challenge.”
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Joins U.S. AG Sessions at Press Conference Announcing DOJ’s New Steps to Combat the Nation’s Opioid Epidemic
“I shouldn’t have to tell another story like this one, nor should anyone else,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The opioid crisis demands the attention of federal, state, local and private sector leaders. My office will continue to do everything it can to protect Texans from the opioid crisis.”
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 – Austin
MEDIA ADVISORY: Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Hold Press Conference to Discuss Their Lawsuit Against the Affordable Care Act
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and other state attorneys general who joined a 20-state lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act will lead a discussion about the Affordable Care Act lawsuit.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Defends Humane Treatment of the Unborn at the 5th Circuit
“During the trial of this case, through compelling testimony and documentary evidence, my office exposed the horrific truth of dismemberment abortions. This barbaric procedure completely disregards respect for human life and humane treatment of the unborn,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Senate Bill 8 promotes dignity and respect for human life as well as the integrity of the medical profession.”
Monday, February 26, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton and Wisconsin AG File 20-State Lawsuit to End the Grip of Obamacare on Texas and the Nation
“Texans have known all along that Obamacare is unlawful and a divided Supreme Court’s approval rested solely on the flimsy support of Congress’ authority to tax. Congress has now kicked that flimsy support from beneath the law,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The U.S. Supreme Court already admitted that an individual mandate without a tax penalty is unconstitutional. With no remaining legitimate basis for the law, it is time that Americans are finally free from the stranglehold of Obamacare, once and for all.”
Monday, February 26, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Supreme Court Brief on the Merits in Texas’ Redistricting Case
“In 2012, at the Supreme Court’s direction, the federal district court in San Antonio drew the redistricting maps. Those maps were adopted by the Legislature in 2013 and used in the last three election cycles,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Now, we are seeing yet another attempt by unelected federal judges to override the judgment of Texas voters. The lower court’s decisions to invalidate parts of the maps it drew and adopted defy law and logic and cannot be sustained.”
Friday, February 23, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Office Participates in Largest Coordinated Sweep of Elder Fraud Cases in U.S. History
“Anyone can be a victim of fraud, but senior citizens are targeted more often by scammers seeking to exploit someone for a quick buck,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Today’s action is one of many steps my office has taken in the fight to protecting elderly Texans whose financial well-being is compromised by nefarious characters.”
Friday, February 23, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Releases Statement Following Hearing on the Waters of the United States Rule
“Legal action is well underway by the Trump administration to rescind and replace the rule while the EPA works to establish certainty across Texas and all states about what waters are subject to federal regulation,” Attorney General Paxton said. “There is no reason for the court to do anything other than enjoin the doomed WOTUS rule.”
Thursday, February 22, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Continues Dialogue with School Districts Engaged in Unlawful Electioneering
“School districts exist to educate, not function as political action committees. I am thankful that the school districts in question recognized this and promptly complied with Texas law after my office issued letters last week,” Attorney General Paxton said. “By working with us so quickly, they help all Texas school districts understand that they have a distinct responsibility to refrain from spending public funds on advocating for or opposing political candidates.”
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Obtains Final Judgment for Taxpayers in Kilgore ISD Lawsuit
“I am grateful that the court recognized Kilgore ISD’s attempt to siphon money away from Texas homeowners without their vote or consent,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Local governments cannot simply ignore laws they do not like. My office will continue to stand up for homeowners in these districts and voters across the state.”
Thursday, February 15, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Defends Constitutionality of Texas’ Foster Care System at 5th Circuit
“We appreciated the opportunity to demonstrate that this case raises serious federalism concerns when an unelected federal judge sought to substitute her own individual judgment for that of the people of Texas’ duly elected representatives, executive officers, and judges,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The district court’s misguided directives will irreparably harm the foster care system, uproot many children, and reverse the progress that Texas has made since the Legislature enacted landmark changes to the system last year.”

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