THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
Ken Paxton

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AG Paxton: Texas Must Not Become a Sanctuary State for Abortion
Friday, October 20, 2017 – Austin

“We’re disappointed with today’s result from the D.C. Circuit.” Attorney General Paxton said. “Unlawfully-present aliens with no substantial ties to the U.S. do not have a right to abortion on demand. Texas must not become a sanctuary state for abortions.”

AG Paxton Opens Investigation into Several Debris Removal Companies in Wake of Hurricane Harvey
Friday, October 20, 2017 – Austin

“Debris removal companies may be overpromising and under-delivering,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Texans are working hard to clean up after Hurricane Harvey and these companies should do the same. They cannot sign contracts with local governments, and then change the price or not deliver services.”

AG Paxton Reaches $120 Million Settlement with General Motors Company Over Defective Ignition Switch
Thursday, October 19, 2017 – Austin

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced a $120 million multi-state settlement with General Motors Company (GM) over allegations GM concealed safety issues related to ignition-switch-related defects in GM vehicles. The settlement, reached between the attorneys general of 49 states and the District of Columbia, concludes a multistate investigation into the auto manufacturer’s failure to timely disclose known safety defects associated with unintended key- rotation-related and/or ignition-switch-related issues in several models and model years of GM vehicles. GM agreed to pay the participating attorneys general a total of $120 Million, of which Texas’ share is $7,353,446.

AG Paxton: ACLU Cannot Turn Texas into a Sanctuary State for Abortions
Thursday, October 19, 2017 – Austin

“The D.C. Circuit made the right decision to temporarily stay the district court’s order, which contradicts U.S. Supreme Court precedent and harms the public interest because it effectively creates a right to abortion for anyone who entered the U.S. illegally, no matter how briefly,” Attorney General Paxton told the court. “Texas must not become a sanctuary state for abortions.”

AG Paxton Leads Eight-State Coalition to Protect the Unborn
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 – Austin

“An unlawfully-present alien with no substantial ties to this country has no constitutional right to abortion on demand,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Texas has a legitimate and substantial intereset in preserving and promoting fetal life. Texas must not become a sanctuary state for abortions.”

AG Paxton Files Brief in 5th Circuit Defending Texas’ Voter ID Law
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 – Austin

“The plaintiffs cannot identify a single person who faces a substantial burden to voting under this reasonable-impediment exception,” Attorney General Paxton wrote. “As the 5th Circuit panel noted, each of the 27 voters identified in the record – whose testimony underlies plaintiffs’ claims – can now vote without photo ID. Accordingly, the case should be over.”

AG Paxton’s Consumer Protection Division Wins FTC’s Partner Award for Outstanding Collaborative Work
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 – Austin

“We are honored that the Federal Trade Commission recognized the hard work of our Consumer Protection Division to ensure a fair marketplace for Texas consumers,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The men and women of this office are deeply dedicated to the law and fully deserve this recognition. We thank the FTC and look forward to continuing to work with it to protect Texans.”

AG Paxton Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Take Up Texas’ Congressional Redistricting Case
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 – Austin

“It’s fitting that the Supreme Court hear this case, given that it ordered the district court in San Antonio to draw the congressional maps in 2012 that were adopted by the Legislature in 2013 and used in the last three election cycles in Texas,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The lower court’s decision to invalidate parts of the maps it drew and adopted is inexplicable and indefensible. We’re eager for the high court to take up the case.”

AG Paxton Joins 13-State Coalition Urging U.S. Senate Passage of a Bill to Curb Federal Government Overreach
Friday, October 13, 2017 – Austin

“Eight years of federal government overreach and disregard for the rule of law during the Obama-era created an environment of regulatory uncertainty and fostered burdensome regulations that hurt the economy,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Passing the Regulatory Accountability Act will introduce more regulatory stability and produce smarter and more efficient rulemaking, which will ultimately reduce costs, create jobs, and grow the economy.”

AG Paxton: Deceptive Student Loan Relief Company Halted During FTC Nationwide Crackdown
Friday, October 13, 2017 – Austin

“This crackdown holds scammers accountable for their abusive practices, and will protect hardworking Texans as they pay back their student loans,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Students are among Texas’ most valuable resources, and my office will not allow deceptive loan relief companies to take advantage of their aspirations to further their education.”

AG Paxton Welcomes U.S. Supreme Court Dismissal of Travel Ban Case
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 – Austin

“We argued all along that the Trump administration’s travel ban is a lawful exercise of statutorily authorized executive power over foreign affairs and national security, and a tailored response to a very real threat to our national security,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The president is fulfilling his solemn duty to protect Texans and all Americans.”

AG Paxton Applauds Trump Administration’s Repeal of the Unlawful Obama-Era Clean Power Plan
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – Austin

“We appreciate the Trump administration’s recognition that the Clean Power Plan is unlawful and bad energy policy for Texas and the rest of the nation,” Attorney General Paxton said. “It’s gratifying that our lawsuit against Obama-era federal overreach was a catalyst for repeal of the plan. We look forward to working with the administration to craft a new strategy that will protect the environment without hurting jobs and the economy.”

AG Paxton: Texas Must Not Become a Sanctuary State for Abortions
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – Austin

“No federal court has ever declared that unlawfully-present aliens with no substantial ties to this country have a constitutional right to abortion on demand,” Attorney General Paxton said. “If ‘Doe’ prevails in this case, the ruling will create a right to abortion for anyone on earth who enters the U.S. illegally. And with that right, countless others undoubtedly would follow. Texas must not become a sanctuary state for abortions.”

AG Paxton Secures Permanent Injunction Halting Dangerous Synthetic Drug Sales in Dallas
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – Austin

“My office will not stand by as the health and safety of Texans is endangered by drug peddlers looking for a quick buck,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The sale of dangerous, deadly drugs must be put to a stop. Businesses that sell synthetic drugs will not escape punishment.”

AG Paxton Releases Statement On Texas Tech University's Fallen Officer
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – Austin

“Texans are shocked and saddened by the senseless murder of a courageous Texas Tech University police officer. Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with this officer's family and the Texas Tech community today and in the days ahead. I will be in Lubbock today meeting with law enforcement officials and Texas Tech administrators to offer the entire support of this agency to the university and their police department. Please join Angela and me as we pray for all those impacted by this tragedy.”

AG Paxton’s Opinion: Law Enforcement Agencies Are Eligible for Prescription Drug That Helps Save Lives from Opioid Overdoses
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 – Austin

“With regard to distributing an opioid antagonist, the statute provides that a ‘person or organization acting under a standing order . . . may distribute an opioid antagonist.’ Thus, the Legislature made clear its intent that the law authorizes both individuals and law enforcement agencies to obtain opioid antagonists by prescription,” Attorney General Paxton concluded.