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Wednesday, July 01,2015
Attorney General Paxton Statement on Fifth Circuit Marriage Ruling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton made the following statement in response to today’s ruling by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals:

Monday, June 29,2015
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
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
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
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
Attorney General Ken Paxton: Following High Court’s Flawed Ruling, Next Fight is Religious Liberty

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued the following statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s flawed ruling on states’ constitutional right to define marriage, stating the next fight is religious liberty:

Thursday, June 25,2015
Attorney General Ken Paxton Statement on Pending Supreme Court Marriage Decision

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued the following statement in advance of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on states’ constitutional right to define marriage:

Thursday, June 25,2015
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
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
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
Attorney General Paxton Statement on The Aransas Project v. Shaw Supreme Court Decision

“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
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
OAG Announces New Seguin Location to Help Families

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.

Friday, June 19,2015
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
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 overwhelmingly 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
OAG Announces New Grand Prairie Location to Help Families

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.

Friday, June 19,2015
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.

Thursday, June 18,2015
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.”

Tuesday, June 16,2015
Attorney General Joint Undercover Operation Lands Victoria And Liberty Hill Men in Jail for Online Solicitation of a Minor

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the results of a joint undercover operation between the Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit and the Victoria Police Department that led to the arrest of 24-year-old Timothy Cordero and 24-year-old Jacob Kyle in Victoria, Texas.

Tuesday, June 16,2015
Media Advisory: Gregory Russeau scheduled for execution

Pursuant to a court order by the 114th District Court of Smith County, Texas, Gregory Russeau is scheduled for execution after 6 p.m. on June 18, 2015.





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