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Friday, May 26, 2017 – Austin
OAG Collaborates with Local Law Enforcement Agencies to Bring Child Predators to Justice in Gregg County
During the weeklong operation, CEU investigators conducted a proactive undercover investigation online. The four suspects were arrested after they arrived at a predetermined location to meet with children they solicited for sexual contact. Individuals arrested by CEU investigators during the joint operation are: Johnny K. Houston, Jr., Joaquin Amilcar Pineda, Shane Jeffrey Chapman and Nehemias Pineda.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton and 42 States Reach $33 Million Settlement with Johnson & Johnson Regarding the Quality of Over-The-Counter Drugs
Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that Texas will receive more than $2.2 million in a $33 million, 43-state settlement with pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson. The settlement resolves allegations that a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson sold various over-the-counter drugs to consumers, even though some manufacturing facilities did not comply with federal standards.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Texas Joins 10-State Coalition Urging President Trump’s Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement
Attorney General Ken Paxton today joined a 10-state coalition in sending a letter to President Trump, urging withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. The letter states that the Paris agreement, adopted in December 2015, stands as a symbol of the Obama era “Washington knows best” approach to governing.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Announces $2 Million Settlement Payment to Baylor College of Medicine for Pediatric Neurological Research
“Baylor College of Medicine has long been a leader in researching treatments for children with neurological problems,” said Attorney General Paxton. “We are pleased that this lawsuit and settlement will allow Baylor to continue its critical research.”
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Announces $18.5 Million Settlement with Target to Resolve 2013 Data Breach
“Cyber threats and identity theft are of increasing concern to Texas consumers,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Today’s settlement underscores that in the 21st century, a business that obtains consumers’ personal information must be proactive in maintaining reasonable safeguards to protect that information.”
Friday, May 19, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Congratulates Employee on Winning Prestigious Award
“Shelley Dahlberg’s sound judgment, keen instincts and work ethic make her a natural leader,” Attorney General Paxton said. “She is a model of professional excellence, a master of trial and appellate skills and a mentor to hundreds of lawyers who have dedicated their talents to public service.”
Friday, May 19, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Calls on EPA to Suspend and Review Unlawful Regulations Harmful to Texans
Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging it to suspend, review and reconsider Obama-era EPA regulations that Texas challenged in 12 lawsuits that are still pending against the federal agency. The letter was sent Monday in response to a request for comments from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
Friday, May 19, 2017 – Austin
OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Williamson County Man for Possession of Child Pornography
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced yesterday that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested 55-year-old Joe Lawrence Islas, of Round Rock, on three counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony. Islas could face up to 10 years in prison per charge if convicted.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Intervenes in Lawsuit to Protect Religious Freedom of Montgomery County Judge Wayne Mack
“The lawsuit against Judge Mack is an affront to religious liberty and yet another attempt to push religious expression from public life. The commission’s prayer practice, like Judge Mack’s courtroom prayer, is completely consistent with our nation’s history of protecting religious expression.”
Monday, May 15, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Texas Joins 17-States Filing Amicus Brief to Support School Rights
“Schools are facing the potential loss of federal funding all because local educators are exercising the authority to implement common-sense policies that best protect their students’ privacy, safety and dignity,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Texas has led the fight to prevent the Department of Education from unilaterally rewriting federal law. Title IX permits schools to maintain separate facilities, including bathrooms and locker rooms, and the 4th Circuit should recognize this principle.”
Friday, May 12, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Applauds Court Ruling Affirming Dallas’ Rejection of Pornography Convention
“It is vital that governmental entities have the ability to exclude sexually-oriented businesses from property that they own,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The City of Dallas, through its democratically-elected officials, rightfully decided that its convention center and taxpayer monies should not be home to an event where obscenity and criminal activity occurs.”
Thursday, May 11, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: City of Brownsville Agrees to Repeal Plastic Bag Fee
“I’m pleased that the city of Brownsville agreed to stop taxing its citizens through an unlawful bag fee,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Cities and municipalities in Texas are obligated to follow the rule of law. And in this case, a law passed by the Legislature clearly prohibits a sales tax on bags.”
Monday, May 8, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Lawsuit to Uphold Constitutionality of Texas Sanctuary Cities Law
“SB 4 is constitutional, lawful and a vital step in securing our borders,” Attorney General Paxton said. “SB 4 guarantees cooperation among federal, state and local law enforcement to protect Texans. Unfortunately, some municipalities and law enforcement agencies are unwilling to cooperate with the federal government and claim that SB 4 is unconstitutional.”
Thursday, May 4, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Statement Regarding President Trump’s Executive Order on Free Speech and Religious Liberty
“Recently, Governor Abbott and I called on Congress to pass the Free Speech Fairness Act. That legislation will fully restore the freedom of churches to participate in political debates by removing a 60 year old provision of the IRS code – the Johnson Amendment – which threatens churches with the loss of their tax-exempt status if they take a stand on legislation or candidates. Today’s executive order by President Trump is an important first step to protect our country’s first liberty – religious liberty. By enacting the Free Speech Fairness Act (H.R. 781 and S. 264), we can guarantee that the voices of churches and people of faith reclaim their rightful place in our democracy.”
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Hails Victory Over Stream Protection Rule
“Fighting federal overreach and protecting Texas sovereignty is a cornerstone of my office,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We are grateful to solidify yet another victory for Texans. We will continue to fight rules that trample state sovereignty and displace hardworking men and women.”
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Warns Texans of Price Gouging in Wake of Disaster
“Natural disasters can pull communities together, but, unfortunately, they can also pull in unscrupulous individuals looking to scam vulnerable citizens,” Attorney General Paxton said. “As East Texans rebuild and recover, my office will work to protect them from price gouging and any deceptive acts.”
Monday, May 1, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Releases Statement on Tragic Events in Dallas and Austin
“My office is assisting in both Texas tragedies today. Officers from our law enforcement division are working with authorities in Dallas and Austin to provide as much help as possible. I join with all Texans in praying for those impacted by today’s horrific and senseless acts of violence.”
Monday, May 1, 2017 – Austin
Texas Leads 14-State Coalition Asking U.S. Supreme Court to Uphold Arizona’s Driver’s License Policy on Undocumented Aliens
“We stand with Arizona against illegal federal overreach by the former president, who bypassed Congress to enact an immigration program he did not have the authority to create,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We’re hopeful the U.S. Supreme Court will review the case and conclude that states have the right to decide who gets a driver’s license.”
Friday, April 28, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Applauds Court Decision Suspending the EPA’s Unlawful Clean Power Plan
“It’s gratifying that our lawsuit against Obama-era federal overreach set the wheels in motion for today’s important ruling,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Dismantling the Clean Power Plan will help prevent higher electricity costs and avert weakening the nation’s power grid. We look forward to restoring balance and cooperation between the states and the EPA.”
Friday, April 28, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Texas Joins 22-State Coalition in Brief Defending Legislative Prayer
“Not only has legislative prayer persisted across the country for more than a century, the practice of legislative prayer has persistently included lawmakers themselves exercising their own religious liberty by opening legislative meetings in prayer,” the attorneys general wrote. They noted that lawmakers lead prayer in one or both legislative chambers in 35 states, including Texas.
Friday, April 21, 2017 – Austin
OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Williamson County Man for Possession of Child Pornography
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that earlier this week the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested 26-year-old Joshua Carl Wulff, of Leander, on four counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony. Wulff could face up to 10 years in prison per charge if convicted.
Thursday, April 20, 2017 – Austin
AG’s Office Issues Statement on Redistricting Decision
“We respectfully disagree with the redistricting panel’s 2-1 decision. As Fifth Circuit Judge Jerry Smith observed in his dissent, the challenge to the old 2011 maps are not only moot but ‘a finding that racial considerations were dominant and controlling defies everything about this record.’ Accordingly, we are confident we will ultimately prevail in this case.”
Thursday, April 20, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 11-State Coalition to Defend the First Amendment on Climate Change Policy Debate
“The Constitution was written to protect citizens from government witch-hunts such as this one, where officials use their authority and the threat of criminal prosecution to try and suppress speech on a viewpoint they disagree with,” Attorney General Paxton said.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 – Austin
OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Bastrop County Man for Possession of Child Pornography
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced today that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested 40-year-old Jason Matthew Pertolanitz, of Cedar Creek, on one count of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony. Pertolanitz could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Defends President Trump’s “1-in-2-out” Order
“The president’s executive order is an important step towards rolling back years of unnecessary and costly regulations that far exceed congressional intent,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Overregulation has harmed economic growth and job creation. The ‘1-in-2-out’ order will help restore regulatory authority to Texas and other states on important matters of local concern.”

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