THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
Ken Paxton

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AG Paxton: 5th Circuit’s Ruling Preserves Texas’ Stay of EPA Regional Haze Rule
Thursday, March 23, 2017 – Austin

“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.”

AG Paxton Statement in Support of Judge Wayne Mack
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 – Austin

“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.”

AG Paxton Seeks to Intervene into Lawsuit Challenging Federal Methane Rule
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 – Austin

“This is yet another case of gross federal overreach in which the Bureau of Land Management exceeded its legal authority, bypassing Congress to implement an unlawful rule on methane gas,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The regulation has negligible environmental benefit and adds additional cost to both Texas and the oil and gas industry by creating more red tape.”

AG Paxton: Beware of Callers Posing as the IRS in Tax Scam
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 – Austin

With the April 18th income tax deadline looming, Attorney General Ken Paxton is warning Texans to be aware of a recurring tax-related scam involving unsolicited calls from people masquerading as Internal Revenue Service agents. Scam artists tell consumers that they owe back taxes and threaten to have them arrested if they don’t provide immediate payment.

AG Paxton Joins 22-State Coalition to Fight Inhumane Treatment of Fetuses
Friday, March 17, 2017 – Austin

“It is a solemn day when we must fight not for human life, but for the minimum respect owed to human life in an already difficult situation,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Dismemberment methods of abortion are callous, cold and demonstrate a complete lack of respect for human life. In a country where the horror of abortion has already become normalized, if this practice goes unregulated, the balance between women’s reproductive rights and the risk of devaluing human life will be scattered to the wind.”

AG Paxton Files Petition to Protect Texas’s Sovereignty to Regulate Texas Natural Gas Facilities
Friday, March 17, 2017 – Austin

“Despite state laws and programs that regulate these facilities with respect to conservation, environmental protection and protection of property rights, the PHMSA effectively stripped the States of authority over their own natural gas facilities and completely disregarded traditional state regulatory roles,” said Attorney General Paxton. “My office does not tolerate government overreach, and will not allow a rule as arbitrary and capricious as this to stand.”

AG Paxton: Prayer Room at Public High School Raises First Amendment Concerns
Friday, March 17, 2017 – Austin

“Liberty High School’s policy should be neutral toward religion,” reads the letter from Deputy Attorney General Andrew Leonie to Frisco ISD Superintendent Jeremy Lyon. “However, it appears that students are being treated different based on their religious beliefs. Such a practice, of course, is irreconcilable with our nation’s enduring commitment to religious liberty.”

Round Rock Man Arrested by OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit for Possession of Child Pornography
Friday, March 17, 2017 – Austin

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that earlier this week the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested Eric Christopher Lucas, 45, of Round Rock, on six counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony. Lucas could face up to 10 years in prison per charge if convicted.

AG Paxton Launches New Webpage to Educate Texans About the Dangers of Illegal Synthetic Drugs
Thursday, March 16, 2017 – Austin

“Synthetic drugs are not only illegal, they present a variety of potentially devastating health risks to users, which is why we’re warning Texans: ‘Next time you use could be your last,’” Attorney General Paxton said. “Through our agency’s website, we’re providing communities throughout Texas a one-stop shop for prevention and educational materials on these dangerous substances. My office will continue to do everything within its power to protect Texans from the growing threat of synthetic drugs.”

AG Paxton Leads Multi-State Coalition for Final Judgment in Lawsuit to Protect Texans and Physicians from Obamacare Mandate
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 – Austin

“Doctors’ best medical judgment and deeply held religious beliefs should not be voided by political agendas in Washington,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The doctor/patient relationship should remain between doctors and their patients, and the government has no business telling doctors what their patients need. We’re asking the court for a permanent injunction against the rule based on a pure legal question that the court has already answered: the Obamacare rule is unlawful.”

AG Paxton Challenges Federal Government’s Defiance of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 – Austin

“For decades, the federal government has ignored our growing problem of nuclear waste,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The NRC’s inaction on licensing Yucca Mountain subjects the public and the environment to potential dangerous risks from radioactive waste. We do not intend to sit quietly anymore.”

MEDIA ADVISORY: James Eugene Bigby Scheduled for Execution
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – Austin

Pursuant to a court order by Criminal District Court No. 3 of Tarrant County, James Eugene Bigby is scheduled for execution after 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

AG Paxton Statement on Redistricting Panel’s Decision
Monday, March 13, 2017 – Austin

“We respectfully disagree with the redistricting panel’s majority decision. As Fifth Circuit Judge Jerry Smith observed in his dissent, the challenge to the old 2011 maps - which were never in effect - is moot. The maps currently in use are not the ones adopted by the Texas Legislature in 2011, which are the subject of the court’s opinion. The Legislature adopted the court drawn 2012 maps in 2013. The court was under a direct order from the Supreme Court to draw lawful districts. The adoption of those maps in 2013 mooted any issue with the 2011 maps. There are no lines to redraw. Accordingly, we are confident we will prevail in this case.”

Weekly Updates from Attorney General Ken Paxton: March 10, 2017
Friday, March 10, 2017 – Austin

In every democracy, there is a risk that public passion will turn against the cause of liberty. Alexis de Tocqueville, when writing about a young America, put a name to this fear. He called it “the tyranny of the majority.” De Tocqueville observed that the United States, more than most, was able to fend off the tendrils of impatience that led to majority oppression. Not only did our Constitution divvy up power among the branches and between the states, but Americans were also quick to form associations, which could muster resources to fight illegal and corrupt conduct.

AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Brown County Man for Possession of Child Pornography
Thursday, March 9, 2017 – Austin

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested Robert Odean Fry, 54, of Brownwood, yesterday on three counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony. Fry could face up to 10 years in prison per charge if convicted.

AG Paxton Files Motion to Intervene in Lawsuit Challenging Texas’ Right to Honor ICE Detainers
Thursday, March 9, 2017 – Austin

“Governments throughout Texas have a duty under Texas law, and cooperative agreements with the federal government, to hold undocumented and suspected criminal aliens pursuant to ICE detainers,” Attorney General Paxton said. “This is a public safety issue. If a Texas sheriff cannot lawfully honor an ICE detainer, dangerous people may slip through the cracks of the justice system and back into the community.”

MEDIA ADVISORY: Rolando Ruiz Scheduled for Execution
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – Austin

Pursuant to a court order by the 227th District Court of Bexar County, Rolando Ruiz is scheduled for execution after 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

AG Paxton Leads 19-State Coalition Urging EPA to End Systematic Federal Overreach
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – Austin

“For the last eight years, politics, not law, drove the shape and character of this country’s environmental regulations,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The EPA now has the opportunity to correct that error under the leadership of Administrator Pruitt. We therefore invite the agency to turn away from its recent practices and bring its rulemaking back into compliance with the very statutes from which it derives its authority. The Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act expressly affirm that the states have the primary responsibility to care for the environment. It is about time the EPA respected that role.”

Shut the Spigot, Seal the Leak
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – Austin

Skepticism towards the president often signals a healthy republic. But there comes a point when mechanical opposition stops being about the law and starts being about the man himself. At that moment, what we risk is not an imperial presidency but an impotent one. President Donald Trump made the decision yesterday to reissue an executive order, which temporarily halts immigration from a small group of terror-prone countries. As with its predecessor, the order takes careful steps to minimize its impact on innocent parties. Only this time, federal officers have clearer instructions on how to avoid overbroad enforcement, which is where the first order noticeably struggled.

AG Paxton Statement on the President’s Revised Immigration Order
Monday, March 6, 2017 – Austin

“The executive order issued today by President Trump is a direct response to an ongoing weakness in the refugee vetting process, which was identified to Congress by multiple federal officials, but left unaddressed by the Obama administration. In light of the looming threat of terrorism, the president has both the constitutional authority and solemn duty to take reasonable steps in securing our border. President Trump’s action shows decisiveness in answer to a very real danger, and I appreciate his efforts to protect the safety and security of Texans and all Americans.”

Weekly Updates from Attorney General Ken Paxton: March 3, 2017
Friday, March 3, 2017 – Austin

Freedom lovers, near and far, exhaled a big sigh of relief earlier this week. President Trump signed an executive order demanding that the Environmental Protection Agency reconsider its thinly-veiled land grab—what is sometimes also referred to as the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. I bring this up for two reasons. The first is that WOTUS embodies the very worst of our political system, where unaccountable agencies break free from their statutes and tread on policies, which rightfully belong to the states. The second is because WOTUS highlights the need for the states to finally and decisively push back if Congress continues to slumber while on guard duty.

AG Paxton Announces Court Victory in Fight for State’s Right to Secure Student Privacy in Intimate Spaces
Friday, March 3, 2017 – Austin

“We are proud to have led the 13-state coalition that successfully fought back against the Obama administration’s illegal federal overreach into the intimate spaces within our nation’s schools and workplaces,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The administration’s directive was not just an unwarranted invasion of the privacy of countless students and employees, but it was an illegal usurpation of the authority of state and local officials. The Tenth Amendment guarantees that the federal bureaucracy does not have the authority to upend local policy at whim, especially when federal actors contravene the plain language of Congress. Today’s action is a huge victory that allows states to be free to enact statutes of their choosing.”

AG Paxton Releases Statement on EPA Decision to Withdraw Information Request for Oil and Gas Industry
Friday, March 3, 2017 – Austin

"We are pleased that the EPA has responded to our request and withdrawn its burdensome and unlawful information demand to oil and gas producers across the country. We applaud Administrator Pruitt for his adherence to the rule of law as he pursues the balance Congress has struck between preserving our environment and allowing our economy to grow."

OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Travis County Man for Possession of Child Pornography
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – Austin

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested 29-year-old Francisco Daniel Arguello of Austin on four counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony. Arguello could face up to 10 years in prison per charge if convicted.

AG Paxton: Texas Leads 11-State Coalition Urging the EPA to Suspend Information Requests Made by Obama Administration
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – Austin

“Many companies involved with this request cannot afford the time and expense of complying with an empty, heavily regulatory burden. The information request puts strain on these companies—and all for the purpose of supporting an unlawful rule,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The EPA’s request, directed only to oil and gas producers, is clearly more harassment than an actual search for pertinent information. We sincerely hope that the era of regulatory harassment is over and the era of common sense regulation can begin.”

OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Cranfills Gap Man for Possession of Child Pornography
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – Austin

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested Michael Scott Chastain, 54, of Cranfills Gap, yesterday. Chastain is charged with two counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony, and could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

AG Paxton Applauds Presidential Order to Review the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. Rule
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – Austin

“We welcome President Trump’s action today and are reviewing his executive order,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The Obama administration’s illegal federal overreach on the ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule poses a burden to Texas property owners and others whose land would be subject to new EPA regulations. We were encouraged when the 6th Circuit sided with our lawsuit in issuing a nationwide stay against the rule in 2015. And this order by the Trump administration is a significant step toward repealing the Rule and getting the American economy back on track.”