Todays ruling is outrageous. Senate Bill 5 was passed by the peoples representatives and includes all the changes to the Texas voter ID law requested by the 5th Circuit, Attorney General Paxton said. The U.S. Department of Justice is satisfied that the amended voter ID law has no discriminatory purpose or effect. Safeguarding the integrity of elections in Texas is essential to preserving our democracy. The 5th Circuit should reverse the entirety of the district courts ruling.
Compelling individuals to accommodate or affirm actions contrary to their sincerely-held beliefs is un-American and unconstitutional, Attorney General Paxton said. The right to free speech and the free exercise of religion applies to ones business, just as it does at home or a place of worship. The government may not force individuals to affirmatively work against their deeply-held religious beliefs. I have full faith that the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold Barronelle Stutzmans First Amendment rights.
Judges should get out of the business of drawing maps, Attorney General Paxton said. We firmly believe that the maps Texas used in the last three election cycles are lawful, and we will aggressively defend the maps on all fronts.
A pause on entry from terror-prone countries is justified to ensure that new arrivals are thoroughly vetted, Attorney General Paxton said. President Trump is fulfilling his promise to secure our border, protect our country and keep Americans safe from terror. Since 1980, 44 travel bans have been instituted by presidents, including six during the Obama-era. Yet various judges have gone out of their way to override President Trumps lawful travel ban based purely on partisan politics.
Texas will use all legal means to catch human traffickers and bring them to justice, Attorney General Ken Paxton said. Amending the Communications Decency Act to include online classified ad services will strengthen the ability of all law enforcement agencies to stop companies like Backpage from profiting from the sex trafficking of men, women and children.
We appreciate that the panel ruled in favor of Texas on many issues in the case. But the portion of the ruling that went against Texas is puzzling considering the Legislature adopted the congressional map the same court itself adopted in 2012, and the Obama-era Department of Justice did not bring any claims against the map, Attorney General Paxton said. We look forward to asking the Supreme Court to decide whether Texas had discriminatory intent when relying on the district court.
Im grateful to the multi-state coalition, Senators Cornyn and Cruz and their congressional colleagues, Dr. Donovan and the Eagle Forum for their support of Texas cutting off major taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood because of its serious breaches of medical and ethical standards, Attorney General Paxton said. Its evident by Planned Parenthoods repugnant conduct that it is not a qualified provider under the Medicaid Act.
The Persuader Rule imperils the attorney-client relationship by compelling attorneys to disclose the identities of their clients, as well as the terms, conditions, and scope of their representations, Attorney General Paxton wrote in the letter to Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta. The Rule leaves employers two equally unacceptable options: have their lawyers act as vending machines, offering purely technical responses to client inquiries, or have them provide useful legal advice that requires them to breach their duty of confidentiality.
The Supreme Court has ruled that a passive monument such as a Ten Commandments display, accompanied by other displays acknowledging our nations religious heritage, are not an establishment of religion, Attorney General Paxton said. Governments shouldnt be forced to censor religions role in history simply because a few people claim they are offended by it.
We were first to file a lawsuit concerning SB 4, filed this case in the only proper court, and moved quickly to consolidate other lawsuits against SB 4 in Austin, Attorney General Paxton said. The health, safety, and welfare of Texans is not negotiable. Were disappointed with the courts ruling and look forward to pressing our winning arguments in the San Antonio cases and beyond (if necessary) on this undoubtedly constitutional law.
The school district is taking Texas homeowners hard-earned money in violation of Texas law, Attorney General Paxton said. I am confident that the local taxpayers and the State will prevail in this lawsuit and the suits to come. You cannot pick and choose when it comes to following the law.
Never has the U.S. Supreme Court disallowed a legislative map because of partisan gerrymandering, and it surely cant find fault with Wisconsins, which is lawful, constitutional and follows traditional redistricting principles, Attorney General Paxton said.
Texas acted to cut off major taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood because of its repugnant conduct, Attorney General Paxton said. Clear indications of Planned Parenthoods adjustment of abortion procedures to procure and sell fetal body parts for research should be enough to reverse a district courts egregious ruling.
Conspiring with others to prevent new distribution channels for goods and services is contrary to the free market and violates antitrust laws, said Attorney General Paxton. Such interference should not be tolerated in the dental supply industry or any other. My office will continue to ensure that companies doing business in Texas have the opportunity to compete in a truly free market.
Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the launch of a public service campaign for Child Support Awareness Month in Texas. In a public service announcement (PSA) recorded exclusively for TV and radio stations across the state, Attorney General Paxton shares information about the services the Child Support Division (CSD) of the Office of Attorney General provides to Texas families and their children.
Attorney General Ken Paxton announced today the Office of Attorney General is accepting applications for three paid law fellowships, including two newly named in honor of Gregory S. Coleman, the first solicitor general of Texas. The application period is August 1 through Oct. 1, 2017, for one-year fellowships that begin in the fall of 2018. Applications are open exclusively to military veterans for the first 48 hours of the job postings.