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AG Paxton Unveils New Training Video to Mobilize Texans in the Fight Against Human Trafficking
Thursday, January 18, 2018 – Austin

“This remarkable training video represents my deep conviction to inform, educate and empower Texans to prevent, recognize and report human trafficking,” Attorney General Paxton said. “‘Be the One in the Fight Against Human Trafficking’ was created to enlist citizens from every walk of life to help Texas in its nationwide leadership role to combat and ultimately eliminate this horrific and dehumanizing crime.”

MEDIA ADVISORY: Anthony Shore Scheduled for Execution
Thursday, January 18, 2018 – Austin

Pursuant to a court order by 339th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas, Anthony Shore is scheduled for execution after 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2018. In 2004, Shore was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death by lethal injection for his role in the killing of Maria Del Carmen Estrada while in the course of committing aggravated sexual assault. Shore also confessed to the murders of Laurie Tremblay, Diana Rebollar and Dana Sanchez, and the aggravated sexual assault of a 14-year-old student. Below is a summary of the evidence.

MEDIA ADVISORY: AG Paxton to Introduce His Office’s New Human Trafficking Training Video: “Be the One in the Fight Against Human Trafficking”
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – Austin

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will introduce the premiere showing of “Be the One in the Fight Against Human Trafficking,” the new human trafficking training video from the Texas attorney general’s office.

AG Paxton Leads 22-State Coalition in Filing Brief with U.S. Supreme Court to Protect the Unborn and Uphold Free Speech Rights
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 – Austin

“Forcing pro-life organizations to promote a state-sponsored advertisement for the abortion industry is not the tool of a free government,” Attorney General Paxton said. “California’s unlawful Reproductive FACT Act tramples on the constitutionally protected rights of free speech and free religious expression. The Supreme Court should rule against the law to prevent other states from passing similar legislation intended to turn pro-life pregnancy centers into referral agencies for abortions.”

AG Paxton Leads 11-State Coalition in Brief to Defend Life and Federal Immigration Laws
Friday, January 12, 2018 – Austin

“An unlawfully-present alien with no substantial ties to this country has no constitutional right to abortion on demand,” Attorney General Paxton said. “If ‘Moe’ prevails in this case, it will contradict U.S. Supreme Court precedent and create a right to abortion for anyone who enters the U.S. illegally, no matter how briefly. Texas has a legitimate and substantial interest in preserving and promoting fetal life. Texas must not become a sanctuary state for abortions.”

AG Paxton: Permanent Injunction Ends Illegal Sale of Synthetic Drugs by San Antonio Convenience Store
Friday, January 12, 2018 – Austin

“My office will not tolerate synthetic drugs being marketed as safe and legal substances when they present such devastating health risks to users” Attorney General Paxton said. “My office will do everything within its power to protect Texans from this growing threat.”

AG Paxton: SCOTUS Agrees to Review Texas’ Redistricting Case
Friday, January 12, 2018 – Austin

“We are eager for the chance to present our case before the U.S. Supreme Court, which ordered the district court in San Antonio to draw lawful congressional and House maps in 2012 that the Legislature adopted in 2013 and used in the last three elections,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The lower court’s decisions to invalidate parts of the maps it drew and adopted is inexplicable and indefensible.”

AG Paxton: D.C. Court Rejects Challenge to President Trump’s Authority to Appoint CFPB Acting Director
Friday, January 12, 2018 – Austin

“I am pleased that the district court recognized that longstanding legal precedent supports the president’s power to appoint personnel in this situation. The CFPB was operating in an unaccountable and unauthorized fashion,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Accountable government requires some oversight over our independent regulators. The CFPB’s rogue behavior cannot go on unchecked.”

AG Paxton Asks SCOTX to Strike Down Illegal Bag Bans in Laredo and Across Texas
Thursday, January 11, 2018 – Austin

“Laredo and Austin, among others, flout the law when they unlawfully pass the burden of solid waste management to residents and retailers through illegal bag bans,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Municipalities do not get to violate Texas law just because they feel like it. This case gives the Texas Supreme Court the opportunity to uphold the law so that the ruling can be used to invalidate illegal bag bans statewide.”

Statement by AG Paxton on the Death of Shelley Dahlberg
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 – Austin

“I am deeply saddened by the news of Shelley’s death. Her faith, strength and determination to continue working and fight ALS to the end was an inspiration to all of us. Shelley was a brilliant lawyer, an outstanding public servant who worked tirelessly for the people of Texas. Most importantly, she was an incredibly devoted mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with Shelley’s family. Shelley leaves a rich and lasting legacy that will continue to inspire all of us in the attorney general’s office.”

AG Paxton Joins 18-State Bipartisan Coalition Urging FERC to Give President Trump’s Tax Reform Savings to Utility Customers
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 – Austin

“I’m thrilled to be part of a bipartisan coalition that recognizes that lower taxes benefit everyone. Helping Texans and others around the country by reducing household utility bills is an example of the immediate and positive impact of the president’s tax reform plan,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Thanks to the new law, prices will come down and consumers will have more money in their pockets, just as companies are raising wages, paying bonuses, and hiring more workers.”

AG Paxton Asks SCOTUS to Protect Texas’ Water Rights to the Rio Grande
Monday, January 8, 2018 – Austin

“New Mexico’s illegal actions in taking Rio Grande Project water intended for use in Texas violates the Rio Grande Compact, depriving our state of the water it is legally entitled,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The Rio Grande plays an integral part in the water supply for Texas’ border regions and farmers, and the Supreme Court should rule in favor of protecting Texas’ rights.”

AG Paxton and 48 States Reach $45 Million Settlement with PHH Mortgage Corporation
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 – Austin

“This settlement sets up strict requirements for servicing standards to help ensure that PHH can no longer improperly service mortgages,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Texas is dedicated to holding accountable any person or business that harms homeowners so egregiously.”