Texas Attorney General News

Recent news from the Office of the Attorney General

08/16/2018 01:36 AM
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.”

08/09/2018 09:57 PM
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.”

08/07/2018 08:44 PM
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.”

08/06/2018 10:10 PM
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.”

08/02/2018 11:37 PM
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.”

07/29/2018 11:02 PM
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.”

07/17/2018 10:28 PM
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.”

07/16/2018 08:39 PM
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.”

07/15/2018 11:42 PM
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.”

07/12/2018 09:43 PM
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.”