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Wednesday, September 20, 2017 – Austin
Gov. Abbott and AG Paxton Urge President Trump to Authorize FEMA Disaster Assistance for Houses of Worship in Wake of Hurricane Harvey
“Churches have opened their doors to feed, shelter, comfort, and rebuild their communities – even hosting FEMA operations in the process – but this policy has made those very same churches ineligible for assistance because their primary use is, by nature, religious,” Gov. Abbott and Attorney General Paxton wrote. “The policy of denying relief funds for churches discriminates on the grounds of religion and is nothing more than the relic of an administration that preferred rewriting laws to faithfully executing them.”
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: 41-State Investigation Requests Documents from Companies that Manufacture and Distribute Highly Addictive Opioid Drugs
“Protecting Texans is a top priority of my office. The goal of this phase of our investigation is to collect enough information so that the multi-state coalition can effectively evaluate whether manufacturers and distributors engaged in unlawful practices in the marketing, sale, and distribution of opioids,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We’ll determine an appropriate course of action once it’s determined what role these companies may have played in creating or prolonging the opioid crisis.”
Thursday, September 14, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Issues Consumer Alert: Beware of Hurricane Harvey Repair and Clean-Up Scams
“Unfortunately, scams involving contractors failing to perform work they were paid to do are not uncommon following a disaster such as Hurricane Harvey,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I encourage hurricane victims in Texas to take the extra time to evaluate and hire the right contractor to avoid being swindled. The consumer protection hotline will remain open and we stand ready to assist anyone who has been preyed upon after this disaster. Please call my office at 800-621-0508 to report scams.”
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Applauds Supreme Court Rulings on Redistricting
"The Supreme Court confirmed what the rest of us already knew: Texas should be able to use maps in 2018 that the district court itself adopted in 2012 and Texas used in the last three election cycles," Attorney General Paxton said. "In 2012 the Supreme Court ordered the district court to adopt lawful maps, and we believe it did so. We are eager to proceed with this case in the high court."
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Issues Consumer Alert Following Equifax Data Breach Reportedly Affecting Nearly 12 Million Texans
“My office has been in contact with Equifax and is working to get to the bottom of how this massive data breach occurred, and how we can protect the 12 million Texans it reported who are at potential risk of identity theft,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We will do what’s necessary to hold Equifax accountable. In the meantime, I encourage Texans to educate themselves about how to best protect their personal information and to file a complaint with my office if they have any concerns about this breach.”
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Suit Against Three Businesses for Price Gouging During Hurricane Harvey
“It’s unconscionable that any business would take advantage of Texans at their most vulnerable – those who are displaced from their homes, have limited resources, and are in desperate need of fuel, shelter and the basic necessities of life,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Texas has tough price gouging laws, and my office will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute cases arising from Hurricane Harvey.”
Monday, September 11, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Suit Against ‘Reputation Management’ Company
“At every step in its so-called reputation management process, Solvera repeatedly employed false, deceptive and misleading practices,” Attorney General Paxton said. “My office will not allow Texas consumers, attorneys, and courts to be confused and deceived by this unlawful behavior.”
Thursday, September 7, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 20-State Coalition Defending Religious Liberty
“The Supreme Court has the opportunity to affirm that the First Amendment contains robust protections for people who choose to operate their businesses consistent with their faith,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop should be allowed to choose what he will or won’t create without fear of being unjustly punished by the government.”
Thursday, September 7, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Releases Statement on First Assistant AG Jeff Mateer’s Nomination by President Trump to Federal Bench
“Jeff Mateer is a principled leader—a man of character—who has done an outstanding job for the State of Texas as First Assistant Attorney General,” said Attorney General Paxton. “I knew when I appointed him eighteen months ago that a greater calling could come, and I couldn’t be happier for Jeff and his family for this well-deserved appointment and high honor. Judges who rule by the Constitution and the law are desperately needed today, and I am confident a Judge Mateer will faithfully fulfill this duty.”
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Court Ruling Preserves Texas’ Voter ID Law
“We’re pleased that the 5th Circuit agrees that Texas’ voter ID law should remain in effect for upcoming elections,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Safeguarding the integrity of our election process is essential to preserving our democracy, and the voter ID law provides simple protections to ensure our elections accurately reflect the will of voters in Texas.”
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Hails Victory Over Unlawful Obama-Era Immigration Programs
“We dismissed our lawsuit after achieving victory on DACA and DAPA. Both programs originated from Obama-era executive action creating far-reaching, class-based ‘deferred action’ programs and granting lawful presence and attendant benefits to qualifying applicants, without congressional authorization,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Our lawsuit was always about the rule of law, not the wisdom of any particular immigration policy.”
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Asks 5th Circuit to Stay a Lower Court Decision Blocking Implementation of Senate Bill 4
“The district court’s fundamentally flawed holding that states violate the Fourth Amendment by even voluntarily honoring federal ICE detainer requests threatens to shut down federal-local cooperation that has existed throughout the nation since the 1940s,” Attorney General Paxton told the court. “The district court’s order should be immediately stayed pending appeal, as this injunction has far reaching public safety consequences. Senate Bill 4 is wholly valid, and the state has every right to prohibit its own localities from having sanctuary city policies.”
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Applauds President Trump’s Decision to Phase Out DACA
“I applaud President Trump for phasing out DACA. As the Texas-led coalition explained in our June letter, the Obama-era program went far beyond the executive branch’s legitimate authority,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Had former President Obama’s unilateral order on DACA been left intact, it would have set a dangerous precedent by giving the executive branch sweeping authority to bypass Congress and change immigration laws. If ever there were a violation of the President’s duty to ‘take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,’ DACA was it: President Obama unilaterally conferred lawful presence and work authorization, and then President Obama used that lawful-presence dispensation to unilaterally confer U.S. citizenship.”
Friday, September 1, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Beware of Hurricane Harvey Charity Scams
“Texans are known for opening their hearts and wallets to others in times of need,” Attorney General Paxton said. “By doing a little research, well-meaning Texans can ensure their dollars actually go to a legitimate charity or organization providing victim and community support, rather than funding fraudulent scams set up to capitalize on a disaster.”
Thursday, August 31, 2017 – Austin
OAG Statement on Supreme Court Justice’s Temporary Stay of Ruling on Texas’ House Maps
“We applaud Justice Alito’s decision today, just as we applauded his temporary stay of the district court’s ruling on Texas’ congressional seats last week,” said Marc Rylander, director of communications for the attorney general’s office. “We look forward to vigorously defending the redistricting maps used in the last three election cycles at the United States Supreme Court.”
Thursday, August 31, 2017 – Austin
Texas Attorney General Vows to Continue Protecting the Unborn
“Dismemberment abortions are gruesome and inhumane, which makes it troubling that a district court would block Texas’ lawful authority to protect the life of unborn children from such a barbaric practice,” said Marc Rylander, director of communications for the Office of the Attorney General. “The Texas Attorney General will continue to defend our state’s legal right to protect the basic human rights and dignity of the unborn.”
Thursday, August 31, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Files District Court Stay Motion and Notice of Appeal in SB 4 Case
“Senate Bill 4 is lawful, constitutional and similar to provisions of the state of Arizona’s law, which the U.S. Supreme Court upheld,” said Marc Rylander, communications director for the Office of the Attorney General. “Sanctuary cities pose a threat to Texas communities by refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and allowing criminal aliens back on our streets.”
Thursday, August 31, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Texas Wins Final Judgment in “Overtime Rule” Case
“I applaud the court’s ruling, which represents a victory for the American worker and prevents an unlawful revision of the Fair Labor Standards Act,” said Marc Rylander, communications director for the Office of the Attorney General. “The Overtime Rule limits workplace flexibility without a corresponding increase in pay and forces employers to cut their workers’ hours. This was one of the many egregious examples of federal overreach that occurred during the Obama era.”
Thursday, August 31, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Warns Gas Stations Against Fraud in Wake of Hurricane Harvey
“Texas law protects consumers from fraud in Dallas and other parts of Texas outside of the governor’s declared disaster areas,” said Marc Rylander, communications director for the attorney general’s office. “If Dallas consumers are victims of fraud by gas stations, we urge them to contact our agency’s consumer protection hotline so that we can investigate and take appropriate action.”
Thursday, August 31, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Supreme Court Stay Motion on Texas House Map Ruling
“We’re hopeful the court will grant a stay on the House maps, just as it did on the congressional maps,” said Marc Rylander, the communications director for the Office of the Attorney General. “The maps the lower court ruled against are the ones the very same court adopted in 2012. They’ve been in place for the last three election cycles and Texas should be allowed to use these maps going forward.”
Thursday, August 31, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Releases Statement on Harvey Insurance Claims and HB 1774
“There has been much misinformation, some of it apparently deliberate, about the impact of HB 1774 on property insurance claims, which takes effect on this Friday, September 1, 2017. First, please know that the bill does not apply to the federal flood insurance program, nor does it apply to homeowner policies issued by the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association. For all other property insurance policies, the legislation does not change the claim filing process or the time lines for filing claims. Texas policyholders will continue to have strong remedies against insurance companies, whether claims are filed before September 1 or after September 1. For more information, please click onto this link or consult the website of the Texas Department of Insurance.”
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Vows to Defend the Constitutionality of Senate Bill 4
“Senate Bill 4 was passed by the Texas Legislature to set a statewide policy of cooperation with federal immigration authorities enforcing our nation’s immigration laws,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Texas has the sovereign authority and responsibility to protect the safety and welfare of its citizens. We’re confident SB 4 will ultimately be upheld as constitutional and lawful.”
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 – Austin
Attorney General’s Office Praises 5th Circuit Ruling to Unseal Planned Parenthood Video
“Planned Parenthood doesn’t want the entirety of the video unsealed because it magnifies the horrific nature of abortion and the organization’s violation of accepted medical and ethical standards,” said Marc Rylander, director of communications for the attorney general’s office. “When you hear a Planned Parenthood official’s willingness to alter abortion procedures to obtain better fetal tissue specimens, and when you hear the description of how abortion doctors took fetal tissue samples home in a cooler for their outside research projects, it underscores the organization’s callous disregard for the sanctity of life.”
Monday, August 28, 2017 – Austin
OAG Statement on Supreme Court Justice’s Temporary Stay of Ruling on Texas’ Congressional Map
“We’re encouraged by Justice Alito’s decision today,” Director of Communications Marc Rylander said. “We remain hopeful that the entire Court will allow Texas to continue to use the maps that were in place the last three election cycles.”
Friday, August 25, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Asks 5th Circuit to Reverse “Outrageous” Voter ID Ruling
“Texas complied with all the changes to the voter ID law requested by the 5th Circuit, which should reverse the district court’s misguided ruling,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Voter ID guarantees to Texas voters the opportunity to cast an in-person ballot and protects the integrity of our elections.”

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