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Wednesday, July 19, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Texas Will Appeal Prison Heat Ruling
“The judge’s ruling downplays the substantial precautions TDCJ already has in place to protect inmates from the summer heat,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Texas taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook for tens of millions of dollars to pay for expensive prison air conditioning systems, which are unnecessary and not constitutionally mandated. We’ll appeal the decision and are confident that TDCJ is already doing what is constitutionally required to adequately safeguard offenders from heat-related illnesses.”
Monday, July 17, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Obtains $25 Million for the State of Texas in Illegal Debt Collecting Suit
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last week obtained a final judgment and permanent injunction against Samara Portfolio Management, LLC, Law Office of Joseph Onwuteaka, P.C., and Joseph O. Onwuteaka, for violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices—Consumer Protection Act (DTPA), Texas Debt Collection Act and the Identity Theft Protection and Enforcement Act (ITPA).
Thursday, July 13, 2017 – Austin
OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Williamson County Man for Possession of Child Pornography
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced today that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested 70-year-old Stephen Gordon Holcomb, of Taylor, on three counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony. Holcomb could face up to 10 years in prison per charge if convicted.
Friday, July 7, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Obtains $900,000 Judgment against Developer of Illegal Subdivision
Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the entry of a $900,000 agreed judgment against Pearland developer Richard J. Burns in connection with his sale of property in an illegal Caldwell County subdivision known as Century Oak Estates.
Friday, July 7, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Praises District Court’s Decision on Campus Carry Lawsuit
“The court’s ruling today is the correct outcome,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The fact that a small group of professors dislike a law and speculate about a ‘chilling effect’ is hardly a valid basis to set the law aside.”
Friday, June 30, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Applauds Texas Supreme Court’s Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage Case
“I’m extremely pleased that the Texas Supreme Court recognized that Texas law is still important when it comes to marriage,” Attorney General Paxton said. “While the U.S. Supreme Court declared a right to same-sex marriage, that ruling did not resolve all legal issues related to marriage.” According to the Texas Supreme Court, “Mr. Pidgeon and the Mayor, like many other litigants throughout the country, must now assist the courts in fully exploring Obergefell’s reach and ramifications, and are entitled to the opportunity to do so.”
Thursday, June 29, 2017 – Austin
Attorney General Paxton Statement on the San Antonio Shooting
“I am asking all Texans to join me in praying for the wounded San Antonio police officers. My office is willing and ready to assist in the ongoing investigation in any way necessary. Our law enforcement officers are true Texas heroes and deserve our prayers and support now and always.”
Thursday, June 29, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 10-State Coalition Urging Trump Administration to Phase Out Unlawful Obama-Era DACA Program
“We respectfully request that the Secretary of Homeland Security phase out the DACA program,” Attorney General Paxton wrote. “Just like DAPA, DACA unilaterally confers eligibility for work authorization and lawful presence without any statutory authorization from Congress.”
Thursday, June 29, 2017 – Austin
OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Anderson County Man for Possession of Child Pornography
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested 43-year-old John Aaron Burney, of Palestine, on one count of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony. Burney could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 – Dallas
AG Paxton to Assist Dallas County in Expanding its Voter Fraud Investigation
“Nothing is more sacred to our democracy than the integrity of our voting process,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Recently, there have been too many questions raised about elections in Dallas County. I am honored today that District Attorney Johnson has invited my office to assist in their investigation, and we will do everything within our resources and abilities to solidify trust in every election here and around the state.”
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Applauds EPA Decision to Repeal Sweeping Federal Overreach in Waters of the United States Rule
“This rule directly infringed on the states’ ability to regulate their own national resources and posed a burden to Texas property owners whose land would be subject to new EPA regulations,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I applaud Administrator Pruitt for recognizing that the Obama-era EPA blatantly exceeded statutory authority, and for promptly repealing this unlawful rule.”
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 12-State Coalition in Supporting Freedom of Speech in Public Policy Debates
“This is a constitutionally improper ploy by two state attorneys general to suppress the free speech of a company they disagree with,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Using law enforcement authority to silence speakers in a public policy debate undermines the trust invested in our offices and threatens the First Amendment.”
Monday, June 26, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Praises Supreme Court’s Decision to Reinstate Trump Administration’s Travel Ban
“The Supreme Court clearly did the right thing today, staying in large part the actions of lower federal courts that ignored the law and the Constitution,” Attorney General Paxton said. “This sweeping reinstatement of the president’s travel ban provides needed security measures for our nation against dangerous threats that are very real and ongoing. Texas will continue to support the Trump administration’s travel ban when the Supreme Court takes up the case in October.”
Monday, June 26, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Today’s Supreme Court Ruling on the Trinity Lutheran Case Is a Major Victory for Religious Liberty
In his statement on the decision, Attorney General Paxton said: “Today’s ruling is a major victory for all who believe in religious liberty. I’m pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court recognized that Missouri went too far in discriminating against an institution because of its religious character, violating Trinity Lutheran’s First Amendment protection against policies prohibiting the free exercise of religion.”
Monday, June 26, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: U.S. Supreme Court Rules for Texas in Death Penalty Case
“With its decision on the Davila case, the U.S. Supreme Court honored the finality of duly entered convictions,” said Attorney General Ken Paxton. “Had the high court ruled otherwise, states and the federal court system would have been burdened with an avalanche of claims facing an infinitesimal chance of success.”
Monday, June 26, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Applauds U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision to Review Important Religious Liberty Case
“I’m pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court took this important religious liberty case,” said Attorney General Paxton. “The case presents the court with an important opportunity to clarify that the First Amendment contains robust protection for people who choose to operate their businesses consistent with their faith, and that the government cannot dictate what people say and do not say.”
Friday, June 23, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: DOJ Will Assist Texas in Defending the Constitutionality of Senate Bill 4
“It’s reassuring to know that the Trump administration believes in upholding the Constitution and defending the rule of law, and I’m grateful for the DOJ’s assistance in helping my office defend the lawful Senate Bill 4,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Enforcing immigration law helps prevent dangerous criminals from being released into our communities. We look forward to working with DOJ lawyers to see that Senate Bill 4 is fully honored in Texas.”
Friday, June 23, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Recent Texas Relocation Report Shows Californians Top List of Those Flocking to Texas
“The data in this report came as no surprise to Texans, especially those who have transplanted from California,” said Attorney General Paxton. “I talk to people almost every day who made the trek from California to Texas, and without fail, they tell me their move is due to either greater job opportunities, much lower-priced housing, an escape from a left-coast political climate, or just a better quality of culture and life.”
Thursday, June 22, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Today’s 5th Circuit Ruling Is a Victory for Religious Liberty
“I’m grateful that the 5th Circuit saw through this latest attempt by some to restrict religious freedom and impose their beliefs on others,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Mississippi’s law affirms what the U.S. Supreme Court professed in Obergefell: that religious men and women be “given proper protection’ to exercise their faith.”
Thursday, June 22, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Reaches $74K Agreement with San Antonio-Based Business
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today reached an agreement with Joseph Brandon Shirley and Randy Lee Gardner over allegations that their travel service operations violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and other Texas statutes.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Commends City of Kermit for Repealing its Unlawful Sales Tax on Plastic Bags
“I commend the Kermit City Council for its action to comply with state law,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Cities and municipalities in Texas are obligated to follow the rule of law, and the Legislature passed a law that clearly prohibits a sales tax on bags.”
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Reaches $36,000 Settlement with Online Contact Lens Provider
“This settlement will serve to help protect Texans who may be unaware that the improper use of contact lenses can cause potentially serious vision problems,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I appreciate THEG, Inc.’s agreement to cease selling contact lenses without proper prescriptions. My office will always protect the health and safety of all Texans.”
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Calls on California Insurance Commissioner to Stop Threats to Insurance Companies or Risk Legal Action
“The threats made by the California Insurance Commissioner will hurt families, businesses and insurance carriers across the nation,” Attorney General Paxton said. “These requirements are misguided, unrelated to insurance regulation, and are clearly politically driven. We will not stand by while negligent, politically motivated requirements harm the livelihood of thousands of U.S. citizens.”
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 – Austin
Attorney General Ken Paxton Joins 20-State Coalition Urging EPA to Respect States in WOTUS Review
“The WOTUS rules are a blatant power grab by the EPA,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The federal government exceeded its statutory authority by attempting to regulate areas that Congress never intended to be under federal jurisdiction, and directly infringed on the states’ ability to regulate their own natural resources.”
Monday, June 19, 2017 – Austin
Leading a Coalition of 35 States, AG Paxton Urges FCC to Reject Petition by Broadband Industry to Strip Texas of its Consumer Protection Powers
“As the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, a federal agency may pre-empt state law only when and if it’s acting within the scope of its congressionally delegated authority,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Hundreds of millions of Americans rely on broadband Internet services every day, yet they don’t always get what they pay for. The states’ consumer protection powers must be left intact to protect customers from providers who make false claims about broadband speed.”

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