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Monday, November 9, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Fifth Circuit Rules for Texas: Executive Amnesty ‘Unlawful’
“Today, the Fifth Circuit asserted that the separation of powers remains the law of the land, and the president must follow the rule of law, just like everybody else,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “Throughout this process, the Obama Administration has aggressively disregarded the constitutional limits on executive power, and Texas, leading a charge of 26 states, has secured an important victory to put a halt to the president’s lawlessness."

Monday, November 9, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton Statement on SCOTUS Decision in Mullenix v. Luna
This is a victory for the men and women who risk their lives to protect and serve the people of Texas. Officer Mullenix acted reasonably to protect his fellow officers in a rapidly-developing car chase involving a fugitive threatening to kill law enforcement in his path. The Court properly determined that Mullenix had qualified immunity from a trial second-guessing his actions to protect other officers and the public. Today's decision recognizes that in the face of dangerous, life-threatening situations, our law enforcement officers must have the necessary latitude to make critical decisions in an instant to protect themselves and the public from harm.”

Friday, November 6, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton: Protect the Free Exercise of Religion from Government Intrusion
“These important cases before the Supreme Court underscore the need for us to stand strong in the face of continued assaults on religious liberties in our nation,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “No citizen should be forced by the federal government to comply with mandates that violate their conscience, or pay fines just for living in accordance with their beliefs. We hope the Court will reaffirm our rights and protect the free exercise of religion from government intrusion.”

Friday, November 6, 2015 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General’s Office Secures Victory in Lawsuit Protecting Texas Taxpayers
“This ruling is a victory for the taxpayers of Texas. The City of Austin’s attempt to rewrite Texas law was beyond the scope of their authority and put all property owners in the state at risk of higher taxes. We are pleased the judge ultimately dismissed this lawsuit, giving Texans a voice against unlawful efforts to increase tax revenue without input from lawmakers or taxpayers.”

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 – New Orleans, Louisiana
State Argues We Must Preserve Hazlewood Act for Texas Veterans
“The Hazlewood Act provides an important benefit to Texans who make the choice to serve our nation and put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “It’s just one way that Texas gives back, while also helping us keep the valuable skills and experience these veterans offer in our state. However, if Texas is forced to expand the law beyond current eligibility requirements, the entire program will be at stake. We must preserve the Hazlewood Act as it is in order to ensure its financial sustainability, so the state can continue providing this benefit to Texas veterans.”

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