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Friday, August 17, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Issues Statement After Court Ruling Blocks City of Austin’s Unlawful Sick Leave Ordinance
"The minimum amount of compensation established for workers, including the minimum amount of paid time off, is a decision entrusted by the Texas Constitution solely to the Texas Legislature," Attorney General Paxton said. "I'm confident that an appeals court will recognize that the law expressly preempts cities from passing a different law simply because they disagree with the judgment of our state’s elected representatives."
Thursday, August 16, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Commends 5th Circuit Decision Upholding Campus Carry Law
“The lawsuit was filed because the professors disagreed with the law, not because they had any legal substance to their claim,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The right to keep and bear arms is guaranteed for all Americans, including college students, and the 5th Circuit’s decision prevents that right from being stripped away by three individuals who oppose the law enacted by the Legislature.”
Friday, August 10, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 12-State Coalition in Brief Supporting First Amendment in Public Policy Debates
“This case is about the right of citizens to have a viewpoint on a topic of public debate without fear of government retaliation for expressing it,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The attorneys general of Massachusetts and New York are abusing their law enforcement authority to suppress the free speech of a company they disagree with, violating ExxonMobil’s constitutional rights.”
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Asks U.S. District Court for Nationwide Injunction to Phase Out the Unlawful Obama-Era DACA Program
“DACA is unconstitutional because it rewrote federal law over the objections of Congress,” Attorney General Paxton said. “DACA represents a dangerous view of executive power, which would allow the president to unilaterally set aside any duly enacted law. It cannot be allowed to stand without doing serious harm to our Constitution. This lawsuit is vital to restoring the rule of law to our immigration system.”
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Recovers $110 Million for Texas in Medicaid Fraud Settlements
“Texas leads the country in protecting its Medicaid system from pharmaceutical fraud,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The allegations that led to this settlement are especially disturbing because the well-being of children and the integrity of the state hospital system were jeopardized. The cooperation and support of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission was essential in achieving this outstanding outcome for Texans.”
Friday, August 3, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Continues Pressing for DACA Phase Out in U.S. District Court
“DACA is unconstitutional because it rewrote federal law without congressional approval,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Our lawsuit asks the court to prevent future illegal actions, restore the rule of law to our immigration system, and provide Congress with an opportunity to finally address the issue.”
Monday, July 30, 2018 – AUSTIN
AG Paxton Joins Bipartisan Fight to Protect Cross at Veterans Memorial
“Our military has used the cross as a symbol of military service for much of our nation’s history, including at the time of the First Amendment’s writing” Attorney General Paxton said. “Veterans memorials are reminders of the service and sacrifice of Americans who gave their lives defending our country’s freedom. Tearing down any part of a veterans memorial dishonors service members’ sacrifice and undermines the very values our Constitution was intended to protect.”
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Congratulates Former Texas Deputy Solicitor General Andrew Oldham on His Confirmation to the 5th Circuit
“Andy Oldham is principled, smart and will faithfully interpret the rule of law, not legislate from the bench,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I’m confident Andy will make an extraordinary appellate judge and serve honorably in his new role.”
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Commends Department of Labor for Heeding His Request to Rescind the Unlawful Obama-Era Persuader Rule
“The Persuader Rule is among the Obama administration’s most outrageous and unlawful attempts at federal overreach,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The rule would have made it more difficult and expensive for small business owners to obtain legal advice, interfering with attorney-client privilege, which is one of our most basic rights. It’s gratifying to know that the Texas-led coalition of states prevailed in its fight to do away with the onerous rule for good.”
Monday, July 16, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Defends Constitutionality of Texas Law on the Humane Disposition of Fetal Remains
“Texas has chosen to respect unborn life by adopting rules requiring the dignified treatment of fetal remains, rather than allow health care facilities to dispose of the remains in sewers or landfills,” Attorney General Paxton said. “At the trial, we’ll demonstrate that the rules are constitutional and do not impact the abortion procedure or the availability of abortion in Texas. I’m confident in our arguments and look forward to the courts ultimately upholding Texas law.”
Friday, July 13, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Commends Fifth Circuit Ruling Upholding First Amendment for the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops
“The Fifth Circuit correctly protected the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, a non-party, from an overly broad demand by an abortion group for internal communications that were not only irrelevant to the subject of this case, but invaded the faith group’s treasured First Amendment right to be free from courts prying into their religious beliefs” Attorney General Paxton said. “In making such an erroneous demand, abortion advocates succeeded only in demonstrating that they are willing to violate the Constitution to further their pro-abortion agenda and attempt to silence those offering a respectful burial to unborn children.”
Friday, July 13, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Issues Consumer Alert on Misleading Homestead Tax Exemption Offers
“My office is actively reviewing all of the complaints and we will take whatever legal steps are necessary to stop unlawful activity by any company trying to take advantage of Texans,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I urge anyone who has received a solicitation offering a ‘designation of homestead’ that they believe is deceptive to please call my office’s consumer hotline at 800-621-0508 and report it.”
Thursday, July 12, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Joins 26-State Coalition Urging Prompt Senate Confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court
“Throughout his career, Judge Kavanaugh has demonstrated an abiding commitment to the principles and freedoms on which our country was founded, and an unshakable respect for the proper role of the courts within our constitutional structure,” the coalition wrote. “The Senate should confirm President Trump’s choice without delay.”
Thursday, July 12, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Office, Travis County DA Margaret Moore Obtain Conviction, 40-Year Prison Sentence in Sex Trafficking Case Involving a 14-Year-Old Victim
“As a result of this successful, first-of-its-kind partnership between my office, the Travis County District Attorney’s office and the Texas Department of Public Safety, a dangerous and despicable human trafficker has been brought to justice,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I’m grateful to the prosecutors and our law enforcement partners for their tireless work on this collaborative effort. My office will continue to work to protect victims from sex trafficking and prosecute those who profit from the exploitation of human beings.”
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 14-State Brief Challenging Constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
“The CFPB was designed to be a rogue agency and its structure violates the Constitution’s separation of powers,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The CFPB operates like a branch of government unto itself, insulated from Congressional appropriations and presidential authority. Its unlawful structure allows for an unelected and unaccountable director to wield more power than anyone else in the U.S. government, except the president.”
Monday, July 9, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Releases Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh
“Brett Kavanaugh is an extraordinarily well-qualified Supreme Court nominee, in the mold of Justice Gorsuch, President Trump’s superb first pick for the high court. Judge Kavanaugh has distinguished himself as one of the nation’s leading constitutional scholars. He has written over 300 opinions, including many widely-cited decisions on federal regulations, statutory interpretation, and separation of powers. Judge Kavanaugh’s many years as an appellate judge demonstrate his firm commitment to following the rule of law and the original understanding of the Constitution. He’ll make an excellent addition to the Supreme Court and leave a lasting legacy on the law.”
Monday, July 9, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Office Warns San Antonio Against Circumventing Texas Law on Paid Sick Leave
Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office today cautioned San Antonio city leaders about Texas law that preempts municipalities from enacting ordinances requiring employers to provide paid sick leave. In a letter to San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and members of the city council, the attorney general’s office expressed concern about a petition submitted to the city clerk to place a municipal paid sick leave ordinance on the ballot. Under the city’s charter, the council must vote on whether to enact the ordinance as proposed. If it declines to do so, then the city must place the proposal on the ballot for voters to decide.
Friday, July 6, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 11-State Coalition in Brief to Prevent Texas from Becoming a Sanctuary State for Abortions
“Unlawfully-present aliens with no substantial ties to the U.S. do not have a constitutional right to an elective abortion,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The lower court’s ruling contradicts U.S. Supreme Court precedent and harms the public interest because it incentivizes even more unlawful immigration. Texas must not become a sanctuary state for abortions.”
Thursday, July 5, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton: 48 Texas Gas Stations Agree to Refund Consumers for Hurricane Harvey Price Gouging
“At the outset of Harvey, I made it clear that my office would not tolerate price gouging of Texans by anyone looking to profit from the hurricane,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The response to Hurricane Harvey showed the incredible generosity of Texans. These settlements should teach the few who take advantage of their fellow residents to follow the law in the future.”
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Seeks Removal of 8 People Who Unlawfully Hold Positions on City of Austin’s Planning Commission
“It’s shameful that the city of Austin ignores the will of voters and its own city charter, allowing the planning commission to be controlled by eight real estate professionals who unlawfully hold seats on the board,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We’re seeking the court’s removal of all commission members whose appointments violate the two-thirds ‘lay member’ requirement of the city charter.”
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Names Former Supreme Court Clerk Zina Bash Senior Counsel on His Executive Leadership Team
“Zina is an outstanding and higly-respected attorney whose extensive legal and policy experience in both the public and private sectors will make her a valuable addition to my executive team,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I’m confident Zina will work every day to uphold the rule of law and improve the lives of Texans.”
Monday, July 2, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Warns 11 Cities Their Bag Bans Are Illegal
“The Texas Supreme Court declared that banning single-use plastic bags is illegal. Municipalities ignoring this law are unlawfully passing their duty to manage solid waste on to their residents and retailers in violation of settled Texas law,” Attorney General Paxton said. “A dislike of state law is no justification for a municipality to violate it.”
Monday, July 2, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Collaborates on Multi-Agency Arrests of 12 Individuals in Houston-Area Health Care Fraud Takedown
“I’m proud of the part our Medicaid Fraud Control Unit played in this historic effort against health care fraud,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Medicaid fraud steals taxpayer money and jeopardizes care for some of Texas’ most vulnerable citizens. My office will continue to fight for the integrity of the Medicare and Medicaid programs to ensure Texans’ tax dollars are not stolen by criminals.”
Thursday, June 28, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Lauds SCOTUS Decision to Uphold First and Fourth Amendments
“The First Amendment protects each person’s right to live out their faith according to their beliefs. It guarantees the rights of conscience to all Americans,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Religious liberty should never be confined to the four walls of a place of worship. Every American should have the freedom to pray within his or her own home and in the public square.”
Thursday, June 28, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Issues Letter to Fort Worth ISD Demanding Public Access to Curriculum and Protection of Parental Rights
“Parents have the right to inspect and review information regarding what their child is learning and participating in while attending school,” Attorney General Paxton said. “By law, public school curriculum should be fully available to the public, and parents retain their constitutional right to direct their own child’s upbringing. Denying parental and public access to curriculum of any kind is a clear violation the Texas Education Code.”

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