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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.
Monday, June 22, 2015 – Seguin, Texas
OAG Announces New Seguin Location to Help Families Child support service center located at 128 S. Moss is open for business
The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has a new location in Seguin to assist parents with their child support cases. Located at 128 S. Moss, Suite 500, the child support service center opened on June 1.
Monday, June 22, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton Statement on The Aransas Project v. Shaw
“The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s water permitting program is critical to both preserving our environment and managing the water needs of our state. The Fifth Circuit was right to rule that the State of Texas cannot be held liable for independent and unpredictable forces affecting wildlife, and we are pleased with the U.S. Supreme Court decision to deny review of the case.”
Monday, June 22, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton: Texas Will Fight the EPA’s Carbon Rule
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today warned of the impact the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) so-called Clean Power Plan (“Carbon Rule”) would have on the livelihoods and quality of life of Texans at a luncheon hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation. The rule would result in higher electricity costs and less reliability for Texans, all while doing little to nothing to affect the environment.
Monday, June 22, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton Delivers Remarks at TPPF Luncheon
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today warned of the impact the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) so-called Clean Power Plan (“Carbon Rule”) would have on the livelihoods and quality of life of Texans at a luncheon hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
Friday, June 19, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton Issues Statement on Texas Supreme Court Ruling
“Today, the Texas Supreme Court effectively recognized same-sex divorce in Texas, contrary to the State Constitution, and without allowing the State to mount a defense. The people of Texas overwhelming chose to restate in our Constitution the fact that marriage is between one man and one woman. However, certain State courts have chosen to erroneously recognize and apply the effect of a law from another state here in Texas, ignoring prevailing law. Preserving the integrity of the Texas Constitution must be paramount, and the Office of the Attorney General should always have a voice in the discussion when the Texas Constitution is at risk.”
Friday, June 19, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Joins National Undercover Operation Arresting 17 Child Predators in Texas
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the results of “Operation Broken Heart II,” a national undercover operation that included the Texas Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) and the National Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The national crackdown on child predators was a coordinated effort between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies that conducted simultaneous investigations.
Friday, June 19, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Federal Court Rejects Efforts to Stop HB 2 from Taking Effect
“The Fifth Circuit today rightly rejected efforts to stop HB 2 from taking effect,” said Attorney General Ken Paxton. “No woman should be subjected to substandard levels of care, and this ruling means abortion clinics and doctors must meet safe, common-sense standards if they choose to operate their businesses in Texas.”
Friday, June 19, 2015 – Grand Prairie, Texas
OAG Announces New Grand Prairie Location to Help Families Child support service center located at 217 W. Main is open for business
The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has a new location in Grand Prairie to assist parents with their child support cases. Located at 217 W. Main, Suite 110, the child support service center opened on June 8.
Thursday, June 18, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Supreme Court Rules For Texas in License Plate Case
“Free speech is a fundamental right to which all Americans are entitled, and today’s ruling upholds Texas’s specialty license plate program and confirms that citizens cannot compel the government to speak, just as the government cannot compel citizens to speak. There remains many other ways for motorists to express their views on their vehicles.”
Saturday, June 13, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton Statement on Dallas Police Department Attack
"The attack on the Dallas Police Department and its officers is a dangerous reminder of the unpredictable threats our men and women in law enforcement face every day. Led by Chief David Brown, the department’s response has been professional, working to end this situation as quickly, and as safely, as possible."
Friday, June 12, 2015 – Victoria, Texas
Victoria County Sheriff’s Office and The Texas Attorney General’s Office Conduct Child Support Roundup
Victoria County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 15 Victoria County parents who violated a total of 20 court orders requiring them to pay child support. This week’s sweep was conducted in conjunction with the Texas Attorney General’s Child Support Division. The effort focused on parents who were the subjects of arrest warrants because of their failure to pay child support.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton Applauds Pastor Protection Bill; Calls for Protection for All People of Faith in Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton today participated in the bill signing for Senate Bill 2065, commonly referred to as the Pastor Protection Bill. The law shields pastors and churches from lawsuits regarding their refusal to perform or host a marriage ceremony that violates their sincerely held religious beliefs. The bill passed thanks to the heroic efforts of Senator Craig Estes and Representative Scott Sanford, himself a pastor. Attorney General Paxton issued the following statement:
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Texas Successfully Defends Pro-Life Law in Federal Court
“HB 2 both protects the unborn and ensures Texas women are not subjected to unsafe and unhealthy conditions. Today’s decision by the Fifth Circuit validates that the people of Texas have authority to establish safe, common-sense standards of care necessary to ensure the health of women. Abortion practitioners should have no right to operate their businesses from sub-standard facilities and with doctors who lack admitting privileges at a hospital. This ruling will help protect the health and well-being of Texas women. I am proud to have both supported this law in the legislature and defended it in the courts.”