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Thursday, March 30, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Seeks Volunteers For Corpus Christi Child Support
The Texas Attorney General’s Office is seeking local volunteers for its Corpus Christi Child Support Division field office, which handles more than 48,000 child support cases in Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Nueces and San Patricio counties.
Thursday, March 30, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Seeks Volunteers for Brownsville Child Support Office
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today asked local residents to volunteer their time at his office's Brownsville child support field office. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., to perform a variety of duties, including data entry, filing, and assisting attorneys and child support officers. The Brownsville child support office handles more than 16,000 child support cases in Cameron County.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests San Jacinto County Man for Possession of Child Pornography
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested William Doyle Gant, 47, of Shepherd, today on five counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony. Gant could face up to 10 years in prison per charge if convicted.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Issues Statement on Executive Order for EPA to Review Clean Power Plan
“President Trump’s executive order is a significant step toward sparing all of us from a potentially disastrous change to the nation’s energy policy that was orchestrated during the Obama era in violation of federal law. The so-called Clean Power Plan would have subjected Americans to higher electricity costs and could have weakened the nation’s power grid. Texas and West Virginia led 22 states in getting the U.S. Supreme Court to block the plan. We’re heartened by the president’s latest action, which shows he’s serious about returning common sense and the rule of law to the EPA. And we look forward to the EPA returning to the cooperative approach with the states that the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act expressly require as it reconsiders the unlawful Clean Power Plan.”
Monday, March 27, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Petition to End Illegal Sale of Synthetic Drugs by San Antonio Shop
Today, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a petition in Bexar County District Court seeking a temporary restraining order as well as a temporary and permanent injunction against Stop by Mart and its owner, Sung Kyu Choe, for violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. The petition alleges that Choe sold synthetic marijuana and knowingly deceived consumers by labeling the highly dangerous drug as legal and safe.
Monday, March 27, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Office Assists Bowie County in Arrests of 11 Parents During Child Support Roundup
“Parents have a fundamental and moral responsibility to provide for their children,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I want to thank all the law enforcement officials involved in apprehending those who were delinquent in their court-ordered child support. I encourage other parents who may owe back child support to contact my office immediately to resolve the issue.”
Monday, March 27, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 13-State Coalition in Amicus Brief Supporting President Trump’s Revised Immigration Order
“Rather than leaving national security in limbo while litigation dragged on, President Trump issued a revised immigration order that addresses the 9th Circuit’s concerns and is a vital step in securing our borders,” Attorney General Paxton said. “It is imperative we find a way to better screen refugee applicants to maintain national security. The president is fulfilling his solemn duty to protect Texans and all Americans.”
Thursday, March 23, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: 5th Circuit’s Ruling Preserves Texas’ Stay of EPA Regional Haze Rule
“We are pleased that the 5th Circuit left its stay in place. The decision gives the new administration the opportunity to reconsider the Obama administration’s unlawful action,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We look forward to the opportunity to work with the new administration on a lawful course of action.”
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Statement in Support of Judge Wayne Mack
“Judge Mack is fully complying with the Constitution by adhering to the model for opening prayers the Supreme Court endorsed just a few years ago,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The Freedom from Religion Foundation’s quest to expunge any vestige of religion from public life flies in the face of the Supreme Court’s holdings. I am confident our courts will follow years of precedents and not indulge a litigious group’s plea to rewrite the Constitution.”
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Seeks to Intervene into Lawsuit Challenging Federal Methane Rule
“This is yet another case of gross federal overreach in which the Bureau of Land Management exceeded its legal authority, bypassing Congress to implement an unlawful rule on methane gas,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The regulation has negligible environmental benefit and adds additional cost to both Texas and the oil and gas industry by creating more red tape.”
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Beware of Callers Posing as the IRS in Tax Scam
With the April 18th income tax deadline looming, Attorney General Ken Paxton is warning Texans to be aware of a recurring tax-related scam involving unsolicited calls from people masquerading as Internal Revenue Service agents. Scam artists tell consumers that they owe back taxes and threaten to have them arrested if they don’t provide immediate payment.
Friday, March 17, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Joins 22-State Coalition to Fight Inhumane Treatment of Fetuses
“It is a solemn day when we must fight not for human life, but for the minimum respect owed to human life in an already difficult situation,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Dismemberment methods of abortion are callous, cold and demonstrate a complete lack of respect for human life. In a country where the horror of abortion has already become normalized, if this practice goes unregulated, the balance between women’s reproductive rights and the risk of devaluing human life will be scattered to the wind.”
Friday, March 17, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Petition to Protect Texas’s Sovereignty to Regulate Texas Natural Gas Facilities
“Despite state laws and programs that regulate these facilities with respect to conservation, environmental protection and protection of property rights, the PHMSA effectively stripped the States of authority over their own natural gas facilities and completely disregarded traditional state regulatory roles,” said Attorney General Paxton. “My office does not tolerate government overreach, and will not allow a rule as arbitrary and capricious as this to stand.”
Friday, March 17, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Prayer Room at Public High School Raises First Amendment Concerns
“Liberty High School’s policy should be neutral toward religion,” reads the letter from Deputy Attorney General Andrew Leonie to Frisco ISD Superintendent Jeremy Lyon. “However, it appears that students are being treated different based on their religious beliefs. Such a practice, of course, is irreconcilable with our nation’s enduring commitment to religious liberty.”
Friday, March 17, 2017 – Austin
Round Rock Man Arrested by OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit for Possession of Child Pornography
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that earlier this week the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested Eric Christopher Lucas, 45, of Round Rock, on six counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony. Lucas could face up to 10 years in prison per charge if convicted.
Thursday, March 16, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Launches New Webpage to Educate Texans About the Dangers of Illegal Synthetic Drugs
“Synthetic drugs are not only illegal, they present a variety of potentially devastating health risks to users, which is why we’re warning Texans: ‘Next time you use could be your last,’” Attorney General Paxton said. “Through our agency’s website, we’re providing communities throughout Texas a one-stop shop for prevention and educational materials on these dangerous substances. My office will continue to do everything within its power to protect Texans from the growing threat of synthetic drugs.”
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads Multi-State Coalition for Final Judgment in Lawsuit to Protect Texans and Physicians from Obamacare Mandate
“Doctors’ best medical judgment and deeply held religious beliefs should not be voided by political agendas in Washington,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The doctor/patient relationship should remain between doctors and their patients, and the government has no business telling doctors what their patients need. We’re asking the court for a permanent injunction against the rule based on a pure legal question that the court has already answered: the Obamacare rule is unlawful.”
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Challenges Federal Government’s Defiance of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act
“For decades, the federal government has ignored our growing problem of nuclear waste,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The NRC’s inaction on licensing Yucca Mountain subjects the public and the environment to potential dangerous risks from radioactive waste. We do not intend to sit quietly anymore.”
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – Austin
MEDIA ADVISORY: James Eugene Bigby Scheduled for Execution
Pursuant to a court order by Criminal District Court No. 3 of Tarrant County, James Eugene Bigby is scheduled for execution after 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
Monday, March 13, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Statement on Redistricting Panel’s Decision
“We respectfully disagree with the redistricting panel’s majority decision. As Fifth Circuit Judge Jerry Smith observed in his dissent, the challenge to the old 2011 maps - which were never in effect - is moot. The maps currently in use are not the ones adopted by the Texas Legislature in 2011, which are the subject of the court’s opinion. The Legislature adopted the court drawn 2012 maps in 2013. The court was under a direct order from the Supreme Court to draw lawful districts. The adoption of those maps in 2013 mooted any issue with the 2011 maps. There are no lines to redraw. Accordingly, we are confident we will prevail in this case.”
Friday, March 10, 2017 – Austin
Weekly Updates from Attorney General Ken Paxton: March 10, 2017
In every democracy, there is a risk that public passion will turn against the cause of liberty. Alexis de Tocqueville, when writing about a young America, put a name to this fear. He called it “the tyranny of the majority.” De Tocqueville observed that the United States, more than most, was able to fend off the tendrils of impatience that led to majority oppression. Not only did our Constitution divvy up power among the branches and between the states, but Americans were also quick to form associations, which could muster resources to fight illegal and corrupt conduct.
Thursday, March 9, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Brown County Man for Possession of Child Pornography
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested Robert Odean Fry, 54, of Brownwood, yesterday on three counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony. Fry could face up to 10 years in prison per charge if convicted.
Thursday, March 9, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Motion to Intervene in Lawsuit Challenging Texas’ Right to Honor ICE Detainers
“Governments throughout Texas have a duty under Texas law, and cooperative agreements with the federal government, to hold undocumented and suspected criminal aliens pursuant to ICE detainers,” Attorney General Paxton said. “This is a public safety issue. If a Texas sheriff cannot lawfully honor an ICE detainer, dangerous people may slip through the cracks of the justice system and back into the community.”
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – Austin
MEDIA ADVISORY: Rolando Ruiz Scheduled for Execution
Pursuant to a court order by the 227th District Court of Bexar County, Rolando Ruiz is scheduled for execution after 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 19-State Coalition Urging EPA to End Systematic Federal Overreach
“For the last eight years, politics, not law, drove the shape and character of this country’s environmental regulations,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The EPA now has the opportunity to correct that error under the leadership of Administrator Pruitt. We therefore invite the agency to turn away from its recent practices and bring its rulemaking back into compliance with the very statutes from which it derives its authority. The Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act expressly affirm that the states have the primary responsibility to care for the environment. It is about time the EPA respected that role.”

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