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Friday, July 24, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton Statement on Victory for Houston Pastors
“I’m pleased the Texas Supreme Court unanimously threw out this agenda-driven ordinance in Houston. Today’s ruling is a victory for Houston pastors and the people of Houston, who will now have their voices heard. The fundamental rights of free speech and religious liberty must be protected, and this ruling is an important step in safeguarding these rights for Texans.”
Monday, July 20, 2015 – Cleburne, Texas
Joint Sting Operation Leads to Arrest of 16 Suspected Child Predators
The Texas Attorney General’s Office (OAG) today announced the arrest of 16 suspected child predators following a joint sting operation between the OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit, the Johnson County Special Crimes Unit and Sheriff’s Office, and the Cleburne and Burleson Police departments.
Friday, July 17, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton Statement on Two Year Anniversary of HB 2
“Two years ago this weekend, House Bill 2 was signed into law, recognizing the dignity of life in the womb at 20 weeks, as well as the need to improve both sanitary conditions and the quality of care available to Texas women. I was proud to co-sponsor House Bill 2 in the Texas Senate and help elevate the Lone Star State as a leader for life, and I’m proud to have led the effort to defend portions of HB 2 in court."
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Media Advisory: Clifton Lamar Williams scheduled for execution
Pursuant to a court order by the 114th Judicial District Court of Smith County, Clifton Lamar Williams is scheduled for execution after 6 p.m. on July 16, 2015. In 2006, Williams was convicted and sentenced to death for the capital murder of ninety-three-year-old Cecelia Schneider.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Texas Attorney General’s Office Investigating Planned Parenthood After Shocking Video About Sale of Baby Body Parts
“The Office of the Attorney General has launched an official investigation into Planned Parenthood following the release of a video that details the organization’s calculated slaughter of human babies to maximize the available body parts they plan to sell."
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton: RadioShack Gift Card Holders Should Have Voice in Bankruptcy Case
“RadioShack customers have the right to be provided notice of the bankruptcy case and should be given instructions to file a claim for their unredeemed gift cards,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We have asked the bankruptcy judge to determine that these consumers are entitled to have their claims for unredeemed gift cards treated as priority claims, and the state of Texas – along with the other states – should have the right to act on their behalf. Texas will continue to lead the fight to ensure the interests of consumers are protected throughout this case.”
Friday, July 10, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton Announces Arrest of College Station Resident for Possession of Child Pornography
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) executed a search warrant at a residence in College Station resulting in the arrest of Jason Troy Pinon, 19, for one count of Possession of Child Pornography.
Friday, July 10, 2015 – Austin, Texas
President Obama’s Executive Amnesty Program is Attack Upon Rule of Law; Texas Leads 26-State Coalition in Oral Arguments in Fifth Circuit Immigration Hearing
The Texas Attorney General’s Office today continued the fight against President Obama’s executive amnesty program, arguing for the bipartisan coalition of 26 states in the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Court will decide whether to reverse the district court’s decision to halt the president’s plan.
Thursday, July 9, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Texas Attorney General’s Office to Present Oral Arguments in Fifth Circuit Executive Amnesty Hearing
“The Obama Administration unilaterally rewrote the law, creating an amnesty program that will reward people who are here illegally with free government benefits. Any sweeping change in immigration policy must come from our elected leaders in Congress – not from one individual via executive action. The district court rightly stopped this program in its tracks, and we will continue fighting President Obama’s disregard for the rule of law.”
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton Files Lawsuit Defending Texas’ Clean Air Program Against EPA Overreach
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a petition for review in the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals over the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reversing its approval of provisions of Texas’ clean air program. The provisions regulate emissions associated with unplanned startup, shutdown and malfunction (SSM) events of permitted sources, as required under the Clean Air Act.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Announces Settlement with Chase Regarding Unfair, Unlawful Credit Card Collections; New Safeguards Required
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that a state-federal settlement with Chase Bank, USA N.A. and Chase Bankcard Services, Inc., will result in the bank having to comply with significant reforms to its credit card debt collection, provide consumer restitution, prohibit active collection on approximately 528,000 consumer accounts, and suffer substantial penalties. Texas will receive approximately $4.3 million from the settlement’s total value of $136 million.
Monday, July 6, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Texas Attorney General and Texas Insurance Commissioner Obtain Approval of More than $84 Million Settlement with Farmers Insurance
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the approval of a settlement with Farmers Insurance Group that will return $84.4 million to policyholders stemming from a 2002 case filed by the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the Texas Department of Insurance.
Monday, July 6, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Make Summer Memories for Your Kids
School’s out and summer is here, so take some time with your family to enjoy the slow life. Traditionally, this is a time for families to get together and relax before the start of a new school year. Make it a priority to connect with your kids and create positive memories. When parents are involved in their lives, children have a better chance at growing up healthy, happy and well adjusted. Most parents instinctively understand this and do what is needed to provide the foundation for success.
Thursday, July 2, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton, Other AGs Urge Congress to Defend Religious Organizations
Attorney General Ken Paxton announced today he has joined with 14 other Attorneys General signing a letter sent to Congressional leaders urging them to take steps to protect the tax-exempt status of nonprofit religious organizations.
Thursday, July 2, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton Announces Settlement With BP
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that Texas, together with four states and the federal government, had reached an agreement in principle with BP that fully resolves all remaining government claims against the company resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. Texas’ share of today’s announced settlement totals more than $788 million. Combined with money from previous settlements, Texas will ultimately receive more than $1 billion dedicated to restoring Texas’s Gulf resources.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton Statement on Fifth Circuit Marriage Ruling
“The Fifth Circuit’s ruling today is consistent with the opinion my office issued on June 28, in response to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s request for guidance. Writing for the Fifth Circuit, Judge Jerry Smith specifically states that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges ‘importantly invoked the First Amendment… Obergefell, in both its Fourteenth and First Amendment iterations, is the law of the land and, consequently, the law of this circuit and should not be taken lightly by actors within the jurisdiction of this court.’"
Monday, June 29, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton: SCOTUS Decision Endangers Women’s Health
“The Highest Court in our country just put Texas women in harm’s way,” said Attorney General Ken Paxton. “HB 2 ensures abortion clinics and doctors meet basic health standards if they choose to operate their businesses in Texas. Today’s delay subjects Texas women to substandard care all to the benefit of the abortion industry’s bottom line.”
Monday, June 29, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton Challenges EPA over Unconstitutional, Illegal and Costly New Water Rule
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a lawsuit challenging the Obama Administration’s illegal attempt to expand the regulatory power of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by revising the regulatory definition of “navigable waters” under the Clean Water Act, which vastly expands its jurisdiction, threatening the ability of states and private property owners to use their own land. The rule violates the U.S. Constitution, federal law and U.S. Supreme Court precedent, and places costly burdens on landowners in Texas.
Monday, June 29, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Victory over Obama Administration’s EPA
“This ruling is a significant victory in our efforts to rein in an out-of-control EPA, which is a top priority for my administration. The EPA’s continued failure to consider the massive costs of its draconian regulations has killed jobs, crippled our economy and increased energy prices for consumers. We will continue to vigorously fight the agency’s lawless regulations.”
Sunday, June 28, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton: Religious Liberties of Texas Public Officials Remain Constitutionally Protected After Obergefell v. Hodges
Attorney General Ken Paxton today made the following statement and issued an opinion in response to questions about the impact of Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that redefined marriage.
Friday, June 26, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton: Following High Court’s Flawed Ruling, Next Fight is Religious Liberty
“Today’s ruling by five Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court marks a radical departure from countless generations of societal law and tradition. The impact of this opinion on our society and the familial fabric of our nation will be profound. Far from a victory for anyone, this is instead a dilution of marriage as a societal institution."
Thursday, June 25, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton Statement on Pending Supreme Court Marriage Decision
“Sometime in the next several days, the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to issue an opinion on Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that could potentially redefine marriage. I remain prayerful that the Court will heed millennia of family tradition, Judeo-Christian instruction and common sense and will respect the role of states. But whatever the ruling, I would recommend that all County Clerks and Justices of the Peace wait for direction and clarity from this office about the meaning of the Court's opinion and the rights of Texans under the law."
Thursday, June 25, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Statement by Attorney General Ken Paxton on Fair Housing Ruling
“Texas stands strongly against racial discrimination, and sets policy true to the letter and spirit of the Fair Housing Act. Today’s decision places an unfair burden on landlords, lenders and developers, and will ironically lead them to make their decisions based upon consideration of race. The Administration’s interpretation of federal housing law is overreaching and misguided, and I am disappointed with the Supreme Court’s ruling. This case, however, is far from over. The Court recognized the ‘novelty’ of the plaintiff’s claims, and noted that the FHA does not prohibit actions taken for ‘legitimate objectives.’ The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs acted with the legitimate objective of revitalizing neighborhoods and providing affordable, fair housing when it distributed federal tax credits.”
Thursday, June 25, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Obamacare Ruling
“This is unfortunate news for the millions of Americans who have experienced first-hand the devastating effects Obamacare has had on their families and businesses. While today’s ruling is disappointing, Obamacare remains one of the broadest overreaches of federal authority in our nation’s history and we must continue to call on our leaders in Washington to step up and put an end to this job-killing law.”
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton Appoints Maxwell, McFarland and Montoya to Senior Staff
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the appointment of David Maxwell as Director of Law Enforcement, Adrienne McFarland as Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice and Rudy Montoya as Chief Information Officer. This move elevates the Information Technology division to a deputy-level position.