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Monday, April 30, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Intervenes in Lawsuit Challenging City of Austin’s Unlawful Sick Leave Ordinance
“The Austin City Council’s disdain and blatant disregard for the rule of law is an attempt to unlawfully and inappropriately usurp the authority of the state lawmakers chosen by Texas voters and must be stopped,” Attorney General Paxton said.

Monday, April 30, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Defends Texas Legislature’s Foster Care System at the 5th Circuit
“We successfully demonstrated the absurdity of the lower court’s ruling to the 5th Circuit. The ruling was arrived at by an unelected federal judge who misapplied the law, hijacked control of our state’s foster care system, and ordered an ill-conceived plan by the special masters that is both incomplete and impractical,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The directives from the lower court would reverse the progress Texas has made since the Legislature made reforms to the foster care system last year. Responsibility for determining policy priorities and implementing best practices lies with the legislative and executive branches of government. I’m optimistic that the 5th Circuit will recognize that and correct the lower court’s error.”

Friday, April 27, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Applauds 5th Circuit Decision Upholding Texas’ Voter ID Law
“The court rightly recognized that when the Legislature passed Senate Bill 5 last session, it complied with every change the 5th Circuit ordered to the original voter ID law,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Safeguarding the integrity of our elections is essential to preserving our democracy. The revised voter ID law removes any burden on voters who cannot obtain a photo ID.”

Friday, April 27, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Applauds Plan to Review and Repeal the Unlawful Obama-Era Clean Power Plan
“We appreciate the Trump administration’s recognition that the NSPS’s nonsensical contributions to the unlawful Clean Power Plan warrant review,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We’re proud to have led a strong coalition opposing this baseless overreach, and we look forward to working with the EPA to find logical, lawful ways to protect both our environment and economy.”

Friday, April 27, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Announces Grand Jury Indictments of Three Candidates from 2016 Jefferson County Sheriff’s Race for Accepting Illegal Campaign Contributions
"Our election laws were established to protect the right of Texans to govern themselves through their elected representatives and to ensure fair and transparent elections, and it is the responsibility of the attorney general to enforce those protections,” Attorney General Paxton said. “No one is above the law. The conduct of the people indicted by the grand jury is illegal and erodes the public trust. Working with local and state law enforcement, my office intends to hold them accountable.”

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